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Klatskin tumor

Other Names for this Disease
  • Klatskin's tumor
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Klatskin tumors are tumors that affect the upper part of the bile duct where it divides to enter the right and left parts of the liver. One or both sides may be affected. Individuals with Klatskin tumors often present with jaundice and/or abnormal liver tests. Treatment may involve surgical removal of the tumor. Not all tumors can be removed. Prognosis for cases that cannot be removed (non-resectable tumors) is poor.[1][2]
Last updated: 7/15/2011


  1. Bile Duct (Cholangiocarcinoma) Cancer. American Cancer Society. 2011; Accessed 7/15/2011.
  2. Darwin PE, Kennedy AS, Bonheur JL. Cholangiocarcinoma. eMedicine. 2009; Accessed 7/15/2011.
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