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J Korean Soc Ther Radiol > Volume 8(1); 1990 > Article
Journal of the Korean Society for Therapeutic Radiology 1990;8(1): 79-84.
The Role of Porta Hepatis Irradiation in Relieving Malignant Obstructive Jaundice
Kwang Mo Yang, Hyun Suk Suh
Department of Radiation Therapy, Inje University Seoul Paik Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
We have analysed 13 patients with malignant obstructive jaundice due to metastasis who were treated with local radiation therapy to the area of porta hepatis at the Radiation Therapy Department of Paik hospital attached to the Inje University between 1984 and 1988. A good response was observed in 6 out of 7 evaluable paitens receiving a total radiation dose ranging from 2600 to 5480 cgy in 2.6 to 6 weeks. A complete response was noted in 5 patients, a partial response in 1 patient, and no response in 1 patient. The overall median survival for 13 patients was 3 months. But two patients lived more than a year without recurrence of jaundice. Moderate dose, localized field radiation therapy appears to the beneficial in relieving obstructive jaundice and gives a good symptomatic relief.
Key Words: Porta hepatis irradiaion, Malignant obstructive jaundice
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