Evaluation of the Surgical Margin Threshold for Avoiding Recurrence after Partial Nephrectomy in Patients with Renal Cell Carcinoma

Jongsoo Lee, Jinu Kim, Jong Chan Kim, Won Sik Ham, Woong Kyu Han, Koon Ho Rha, Young Deuk Choi, Won Sik Jang

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Purpose: An adequate minimal surgical margin for partial nephrectomy (PN) has not yet been conclusively established. There-fore, we aimed to compare PN recurrence rates according to surgical margin status and to establish an adequate minimal surgical margin. Materials and Methods: We retrospectively studied patients with clinically localized renal cell carcinoma who underwent PN between 2005 and 2014. Surgical margin width (SMW) was assessed for all surgical tissues and divided into three groups: SMW <1 mm, SMW ≥1 mm, and positive surgical margin (PSM). The data were analyzed using the Kaplan-Meier method with log-rank tests and multivariate Cox regression models. Results: Of 748 patients (median age, 55 years; interquartile range, 46–64 years; 220 female), 704 (94.2%) and 44 (5.8%) patients had negative and PSMs, respectively. Recurrence-free survival was significantly lower in patients with PSMs (p<0.001) and was not significantly different between SMW ≥1 mm and <1 mm groups (p=0.604). PSM was a significant predictor of recurrence (hazard ratio: 8.03, 95% confidence interval: 2.74–23.56, p<0.001), in contrast to SMW <1 mm (p=0.680). Conclusion: A PSM after PN significantly increases the risk of recurrence. We discovered that even a submillimeter safety surgical margin may be enough to prevent recurrence. To maximize normal renal parenchyma preservation and to avoid cancer recurrence in renal parenchymal tumor patients, PN may be a safe treatment, except for those with a PSM in the final pathology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-178
Number of pages6
JournalYonsei medical journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Feb

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