Anatomical Resections Improve Disease-free Survival in Patients with KRAS -mutated Colorectal Liver Metastases

Georgios A. Margonis, Stefan Buettner, Nikolaos Andreatos, Kazunari Sasaki, Jan N.M. Ijzermans, Jeroen L.A. Van Vugt, Timothy M. Pawlik, Michael A. Choti, John L. Cameron, Jin He, Christopher L. Wolfgang, Matthew J. Weiss

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Objective: To investigate the potential clinical advantage of anatomical resection versus nonanatomical resection for colorectal liver metastases, according to KRAS mutational status. Background: KRAS-mutated colorectal liver metastases (CRLM) are known to be more aggressive than KRAS wild-type tumors. Although nonanatomical liver resections have been demonstrated as a viable approach for CRLM patients with similar oncologic outcomes to anatomical resections, this may not be the case for the subset of KRAS-mutated CRLM. Methods: 389 patients who underwent hepatic resection of CRLM with known KRAS mutational status were identified. Survival estimates were calculated using the Kaplan-Meier method, and multivariable analysis was conducted using the Cox proportional hazards regression model. Results: In this study, 165 patients (42.4%) underwent nonanatomical resections and 140 (36.0%) presented with KRAS-mutated CRLM. Median disease-free survival (DFS) in the entire cohort was 21.3 months, whereas 1-, 3-, and 5-year DFS was 67.3%, 34.9%, and 31.5% respectively. Although there was no difference in DFS between anatomical and nonanatomical resections in patients with KRAS wild-type tumors (P = 0.142), a significant difference in favor of anatomical resection was observed in patients with a KRAS mutation (10.5 vs. 33.8 months; P < 0.001). Five-year DFS was only 14.4% in the nonanatomically resected group, versus 46.4% in the anatomically resected group. This observation persisted in multivariable analysis (hazard ratio: 0.45; 95% confidence interval: 0.27-0.74; P = 0.002), when corrected for number of tumors, bilobar disease, and intraoperative ablations. Conclusions: Nonanatomical tissue-sparing hepatectomies are associated with worse DFS in patients with KRAS-mutated tumors. Because of the aggressive nature of KRAS-mutated CRLM, more extensive anatomical hepatectomies may be warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)641-649
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017


  • KRAS status
  • anatomical resection
  • colorectal liver metastases
  • disease-free survival

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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