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Recent trends in postoperative mortality after liver resection- A systemic review and metanalysis of studies published in last 5 years and metaregression of various factors affecting 90 days mortality.

By BHAVIN VASAVADA, hardik patel

Posted 29 Mar 2021
medRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2021.03.26.21254407

Aim: The aim of this systemic review and meta-analysis was to analyse 90 days mortality after liver resection, and also study various factors associated with mortality via univariate and multivariate metaregression. Methods: PubMed, Cochrane library, Embase, google scholar, web of science with keywords like liver resection, mortalit, hepatectomy. Weighted percentage 90 days mortalities were analysed. univariate metaregression was done by DerSimonian-Liard methods. Major hepatectomy, open surgery, cirrhotic livers, blood loss, hepatectomy for hepatocellular carcinoma, hepatectomy for colorectal liver metastasis were taken as moderators in metaregression analysis. We decided to enter all co-variants in multivariate model to look for mixed effects. Heterogeneity was assessed using the Higgins I2 test, with values of 25%, 50% and 75% indicating low, moderate and high degrees of heterogeneity. Cohort studies were assessed for bias using the Newcastle-Ottawa Scale to assess for the risk of bias. Publication bias was assessed using funnel plot. Funnel plot asymmetry was evaluated by Egger test. Results: Total 29931 patients data who underwent liver resections for various etiologies were pooled from 41 studied included1257 patients died within 90 days post operatively. Weighted 90 days mortality was 3.6% (95% C.I 2.8% -4.4%). However, heterogeneity of the analysis was high with I2 94.625%.(p<0.001). We analysed various covariates like major hepatectomy, Age of the patient, blood loss, open surgery, liver resections done for hepatocellular carcinoma or colorectal liver metastasis and cirrhotic liver to check for their association with heterogeneity in the analysis and hence 90 days mortality. On univariate metaregression analysis major hepatectomy (p<0.001), Open hepatectomy (p<0.001), blood loss (p=0.002) was associated with heterogeneity in the analysis and 90 days mortality. On multivariate metaregression Major hepatectomy(p=0.003) and Open surgery (p=0.012) was independently associated with higher 90 days mortality, and liver resection for colorectal liver metastasis was independently associated with lesser 90 days mortality (z= -4.11,p<0.01). Residual heterogeneity after all factor multivariate metaregression model was none (I2=0,Tau2=0, H2=1) and nonsignificant (p=0.49). Conclusion: Major hepatectomy, open hepatectomy, and cirrhotic background is associated with higher mortality rates and colorectal liver metastasis is associated with lower peri operative mortality rates.

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