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World J Gastroenterol. Mar 21, 2015; 21(11): 3170-3173
Published online Mar 21, 2015. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v21.i11.3170
Contra-lateral liver lobe hypertrophy after unilobar Y90 radioembolization: An alternative to portal vein embolization?
Jin-Yao Teo, Brian KP Goh
Jin-Yao Teo, Brian KP Goh, Department of Hepatopancreatobiliary and Transplantation Surgery, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore 169856, Singapore
Brian KP Goh, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore 169857, Singapore
Author contributions: Teo JY performed the literature search, retrieved data and wrote the paper; Goh BKP was responsible for conception and design of the paper, wrote the paper and made critical revisions.
Conflict-of-interest: Goh BKP has received travel grants from Sirtex Medical.
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Correspondence to: Brian KP Goh, MBBS, MMed, MSc, FRCSEd, Senior Consultant and Associate Professor (Adj), Department of Hepatopancreatobiliary and Transplantation Surgery, Singapore General Hospital, 20 College Road, Academia Level 5, Singapore 169856, Singapore. bsgkp@hotmail.com
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Received: October 16, 2014
Peer-review started: October 18, 2014
First decision: October 29, 2014
Revised: November 11, 2014
Accepted: February 12, 2015
Article in press: February 13, 2015
Published online: March 21, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Both portal vein embolization and Y90 radioembolization induce significant hypertrophy of the contralateral lobe. Y90 radioembolization induces hypertrophy at a slower rate than PVE but has the added advantage of concomitant local disease control and tumour down-staging.