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Revista Colombiana de Gastroenterologia

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ALBIS, Rosario et al. Hepatocarcinoma: patología maligna de mal pronóstico. Rev Col Gastroenterol [online]. 2003, vol.18, n.3, pp.153-157. ISSN 0120-9957.

The hepatocarcinoma is the most frequent primary hepatic tumor which prognostic is related to the early detection. The association between chronic hepatocellular damage by human hepatitis virus B and C, forces to establish strict follow up in these patients. Until now, the surgical treatment by means of the complete resection of the tumor has demonstrated to be the best alternative with healing intention for the hepatocarcinoma, however this possibility is limited to some few patients, due to the late detection of these tumors that are non-symptomatic in their beginning. In a same way the coexistence of chronic hepatic illness, contraindicates in many cases the resection possibility for the high risk of liver failure. In this revision, the incidence of this tumor is shown in our hospital, as well as its distribution, presentation forms and clinical characteristics, with the purpose of stimulating its early detection and treatment.

Keywords : hepatocarcinoma; hepatitis virus B; hepatitis virus C; chronic hepatic disease.

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