Special Issue "Surgical Management for Children with Primary Liver Tumors"

A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067). This special issue belongs to the section "Pediatric Surgery".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Piotr Czauderna
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Guest Editor
Dept Surg Children & Adolescents, Medical University Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland
Interests: pediatric liver tumors; surgical pediatric oncology; pediatric videosurgery; organization of healthcare quality and patient safety

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue’s primary focus is on surgical management for children with primary pediatric liver tumors, in particular hepatoblastoma, which is the most common malignant neoplasm in children.

They account for up to 1.5–2% of all childhood malignancies and can be considered an example of an ultra-rare disease. Their surgical management requires significant expertise and remains a challenge for every surgeon.

Even experienced pediatric institutions rarely perform more than 5–10 liver resections a year; hence, international cooperation, as well as the exchange of information and knowledge, is of utmost importance. Some principles are based upon rather old data and should be revisited; e.g., the role of atypical liver resections. Even data on the mortality and morbidity of pediatric liver resections are not very recent.

Novel approaches (3D reconstructions and printing, virtual reality, novel imaging techniques) could assist surgeons with better preoperative planning of a complete tumor excision and the avoidance of complications, which are relatively frequent due to common anatomic variations within the liver and hepatobiliary tree. Pediatric experience with other innovative techniques, such as the use of fluorescence-guided surgery, surgery with indocyaning green, or the use of laparoscopy, remains quite limited, too.

In my opinion, it is important to highlight current surgical options and approaches in pediatric liver tumors (hepatoblastoma, HCC, UESL) in order to improve resectability rates and outcomes, especially given that the rarity of these tumors makes adequate expertise infrequent.

Prof. Dr. Piotr Czauderna
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • hepatoblastoma
  • pediatric hepatocellular carcinoma
  • undifferentiated embryonal sarcoma of the liver (UESL)
  • pediatric fibrolamellar carcinoma
  • children
  • pediatric hepatic surgery
  • laparoscopic surgery
  • fluorescence-guided surgery (ICG)
  • preoperative surgical planning
  • complications and outcomes.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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