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Journal of Gastrointestinal & Digestive System
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Review Article

Resection and Ablation for Colorectal Liver Metastases

Keh M Ng, Terence C Chua* and David L Morris

Hepatobiliary and Surgical Oncology Unit, Department of Surgery, University of New South Wales, St George Hospital, Kogarah, NSW 2217, Sydney, Australia

*Corresponding Author:
Terence Chua
Department of Surgery
University of New South Wales
St George Hospital, Kogarah, NSW 2217
Sydney, Australia
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: May 09, 2013; Accepted date: May 28, 2013; Published date: May 30, 2013

Citation: Ng KM, Chua TC, Morris DL (2013) Resection and Ablation for Colorectal Liver Metastases. J Gastroint Dig Syst 3:121. doi: 10.4172/2161-069X.1000121

Copyright: © 2013 Ng KM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


The surgical approach combining resection and ablation allows for a greater number of patients with colorectal liver metastases who would otherwise be considered to have unresectable disease to be given an opportunity to undergo a curative attempt surgery. Ablation results in local destruction of tumour and is often employed in lesions that are in locations which are not easily resectable. This may involve the use of radiofrequency ablation that causes thermal destruction or cryotherapy that freezes tumours. This review examined the literature reporting resection and ablation of colorectal liver metastases.