Scientific publications

Scientific publications

Scientific Publications

All scientific publications of Prof. Abu Hilal are available on PubMed by clicking the button below. 

Ongoing and completed trials and randomized studies


It is a randomized trial that aims to verify the usefulness of MRI in the identification of synchronous metastases from colorectal carcinoma of "small" size compared to CT. It is a multicenter study involving several centers of worldwide excellence. The hepatobiliary team and the research group of Fondazione Poliambulanza directed by Prof. Abu Hilal is one of the important pillars in this Trial.


Multicenter study involving 258 patients from 30 international centers in USA, Germany, France, Italy (Fondazione Poliambulanza, Brescia), The Netherlands and many others with the aim of comparing the minimally invasive technique with the traditional one in terms of oncological results, complications ace and post-operative recovery in patients operated on distal pancreasectomy for tumors of the "tail of the pancreas".


Prospective, randomized trial aimed at comparing the clinical results of the minimally invasive laparoscopic technique and the traditional technique in patients undergoing postero-superior hepatic resection under Enhanced Recovery.
In this study, 250 patients from several international centers participated.


This is a randomized trial involving several national and international advanced liver surgery centers in 7 countries. 350 patients were recruited. The aim of the study is to compare the clinical outcomes of minimally invasive and conventional liver surgery, specifically left and right hepatectomy.


Given the importance of the spleen in the immune system, RESTORE is a randomized trial designed to evaluate the immune response to autologous spleen transplantation in patients operated on for distal pancreasectomy and splenectomy (spleen removal) for pancreatic cancer. The study includes 2 groups of patients, the first where transplantation was performed and the other are patients undergoing "spleen preserving" distal pancreasectomy. The immune response to a harmless vaccine is compared in two groups.

Co-author of International Guidelines

The Southampton Consensus Guidelines for laparoscopic Liver Surgery

The Miami International Evidence-based Guidelines on Minimally invasive Pancreatic Resection

Laparoscopic Surgery for pancreatic neoplasms: the European association fro endoscopic surgery clinical consensus conference 2017

European evidence-based guidelines of pancreatic cystic neoplasms 2018

Precision anatomy for minimally invasive HBP Surgery Japan 2021

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