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South African Medical Journal

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Progress in liver transplantation and the treatment of bile duct carcinoma

John Terblanche

Abstract


The present position of transplantation of the liver in man is briefly reviewed and the indications for this procedure are critically analysed. These are primary carcinoma of the liver, congenital biliary atresia, cirrhosis, secondary carcinoma of the liver, and carcinoma of the bile ducts situated at the main hepatic duct junction. The treatment of this latter condition by palliative procedures on the professorial surgical unit at Groote Schuur Hospital is presented and a case is made for the use of a 'U-tube' procedure as the best palliative measure available at the present time.




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