How are type V choledochal cysts treated?

Updated: Jul 01, 2020
  • Author: Emily Tommolino, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Type V (Caroli disease)

Disease limited to one hepatic lobe is amenable to treatment by hepatic lobectomy. When this occurs, the left lobe usually is affected. Hepatic functional reserve should be examined carefully in all patients before committing to such therapy. Patients with bilobar disease who begin to manifest signs of liver failure, biliary cirrhosis, or portal hypertension may be candidates for liver transplantation.


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