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Anesthesia for liver transplant

Young-Jin Moon, Sung-Hoon Kim, Jae-Won Kim, Yoon-Kyung Lee, In-Gu Jun, Gyu-Sam Hwang
Donor safety is the major concern in living donor liver transplantation, although hepatic resection may be associated with postoperative coagulopathy. Recently, the use of sugammadex has been gradually increased, but sugammadex is known to prolong prothrombin time (PT) and activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT). We compared the postoperative coagulation profiles and outcomes of sugammadex versus pyridostigmine group in donors receiving living donor hepatectomy.Consecutive donor hepatectomy performed between September 2013 and August 2016 was retrospectively analyzed...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Gianni Biancofiore, Dana Rodica Tomescu, M Susan Mandell
A body of scientific studies has shown that early extubation is safe and cost-effective in a large number of liver transplant (LT) recipients including pediatric patients. However, fast-track practices are not universally accepted, and debate still lingers about whether these interventions are safe and serve the patients' best interest. In this article, we focus on reasons why physicians still have a persistent, although diminishing, reluctance to adopt fast-track protocols. We stress the importance of collection/analysis of perioperative data, adoption of a consensus-based standardized protocol for perioperative care, and formation of LT anesthesia focused teams and leadership...
February 1, 2018: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Pablo Stringa, Nidia Monserrat Arreola, Ane M Andres Moreno, Carlota Largo, Martín Rumbo, Francisco Hernandez
BACKGROUND:  Modified multivisceral transplantation (MMVTx) refers to the use of a graft that includes all abdominal organs except the liver. The use of this type of transplant in children and adults expanded over the last years with good results. However, long-term survival in experimental models has not been reported. Our aim is to describe in detail some technical modifications of MMVTx to obtain long-term survival. MATERIALS AND METHODS:  Syngeneic (Lewis-Lewis) heterotopic MMVTx was performed in 16 male rats (180-250 g)...
February 23, 2018: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Lorenzo De Marchi, Janice Lee, Nina Rawtani, Vinh Nguyen
Supported by a growing number of studies and case reports in the literature, perioperative use of TEE in non-cardiac cases has significantly increased the past two decades. The utility of TEE in monitoring hemodynamic, and diagnosing causes of hypotension refractory to conventional therapy, have made it an almost indispensible tool during major surgeries, such liver transplantation. Despite this fact, compared to the adult population, there is a lack of an equivalent amount of literature on the perioperative use of TEE in pediatric cases...
February 1, 2018: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Philip J Peyton, Monique Kozub
Technologies for minimally-invasive cardiac output measurement in patients during surgery remain little used in routine practice. We tested a redeveloped system based on CO 2 elimination (VCO 2 ) by the lungs for use in ventilated patients, which can be seamlessly integrated into a modern anesthesia/monitoring platform, and provides automated, continuous breath-by-breath cardiac output monitoring. A prototype measurement system was constructed to measure VCO 2 and end-tidal CO 2 concentration with each breath...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Jeron Zerillo, Natalie K Smith, Tetsuro Sakai
In 2017, we identified more than 400 peer reviewed publications on the topic of pancreas transplantation, more than 500 on intestinal transplantation, more than 4000 on renal transplantation, and more than 4700 on liver transplantation. This annual review highlights the most pertinent literature for anesthesiologists and critical care physicians caring for patients undergoing abdominal organ transplantation. We explore a wide range of topics, including risk for and prediction of perioperative complications, recommendations on perioperative management, economic analyses, and education of the trainees in abdominal transplantation anesthesia and critical care...
March 2018: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Jeron Zerillo, Bryan Hill, Sang Kim, Samuel DeMaria, M Susan Mandell
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Describe transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) use, preparatory training and opinions about clinical importance, and future training pathways in a sample of liver transplant anesthesiologists. DESIGN: Online survey questionnaire. SETTING: Liver Transplant Centers in the United States. PARTICIPANTS: Director of Liver Transplant Anesthesia or designated alternate respondent. RESULTS: A total of 79 Directors or alternates from 111 (71%) centers were identified...
January 1, 2018: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Takanobu Hara, Akihiko Soyama, Masaaki Hidaka, Koji Natsuda, Tomohiko Adachi, Shinichiro Ono, Satomi Okada, Takashi Hamada, Mitsuhisa Takatsuki, Susumu Eguchi
AIM: Infection is a frequent cause of in-hospital mortality after liver transplantation (LT). Elimination of possible risks in the pretransplant period, early diagnosis of post-transplant sepsis, and prompt treatment with antimicrobial agents are important. The objectives of this study were to analyze the impact of early post-transplant sepsis on outcomes and to clarify the value of predictive factors for early post-transplant sepsis. METHODS: The study included 136 patients who underwent initial living donor LT (LDLT) at our institute between April 2009 and December 2016...
December 13, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
Tina Hu, Yves Collin, Réal Lapointe, François Martin Carrier, Luc Massicotte, Annik Fortier, Jean Lambert, Franck Vandenbroucke-Menu, André Y Denault
OBJECTIVE: The use of cerebral near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) has become widespread in cardiac surgery after research demonstrated an association between perioperative cerebral desaturations and postoperative complications. Somatic NIRS desaturation also is associated with an increased risk of postoperative complications and mortality. The objective of this study was to explore the trends of both somatic and cerebral NIRS during liver transplantation. DESIGN: A prospective, single-site, observational case series...
February 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Annabel Blasi, Victor Molina, Santiago Sanchez-Cabús, Jaume Balust, J Carlos Garcia-Valdecasas, Pilar Taura
: Postoperative venous thromboembolism has a poor prognosis in patients with cancer. We aimed to investigate the utility of thromboelastometry in detecting the risk of postoperative venous thromboembolism in patients with cholangiocarcinoma. We prospectively included patients submitted to liver resection for cholangiocarcinoma at our hospital between May 2011 and July 2014. Patients undergoing major hepatectomy for adult living donor transplantation in the same time period served as a control group. Thromboelastometry was performed before anesthesia...
January 2018: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
Ryan M Chadha, Cara Crouch, Jeron Zerillo, Ernesto A Pretto, Raymond Planinsic, Sang Kim, Ramona Nicolau-Raducu, Dieter Adelmann, Elia Elia, Christopher L Wray, Coimbatore Srinivas, M Susan Mandell
The anesthesia community has openly debated if the care of transplant patients was generalist or specialist care ever since the publication of an opinion paper in 1999 recommended subspecialty training in the field of liver transplantation anesthesia. In the past decade, liver transplant anesthesia has become more complex with a sicker patient population and evolving evidence-based practices. Transplant training is currently not required for accreditation or certification in anesthesiology, and not all anesthesia residency programs are associated with transplant centers...
December 2017: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Srikanth Sridhar, Sara Guzman-Reyes, Sam D Gumbert, Semhar J Ghebremichael, Angelina R Edwards, Mark J Hobeika, Wasim A Dar, Evan G Pivalizza
Given potential disparity and limited allocation of deceased donor kidneys for transplantation, a new federal kidney allocation system was implemented in 2014. Donor organ function and estimated recipient survival in this system has implications for perioperative management of kidney transplant recipients. Early analysis suggests that many of the anticipated goals are being attained. For anesthesiologists, implications of increased dialysis duration and burdens of end-stage renal disease include increased cardiopulmonary disease, challenging fluid, hemodynamic management, and central vein access...
September 1, 2017: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Ying-Hao Cao, Ping Chi, Yan-Xing Zhao, Xi-Chen Dong
The objective of this study was to summarize the incidence of postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) after 7days following liver transplantation (LT), and to evaluate the effectiveness of bispectral index (BIS) guided anesthetic intervention in reducing POCD. Additional serum concentrations of S100β and neuron-specific enolase (NSE) were detected during surgery to determine whether they were reliable predictors of POCD.Patients who underwent LT at Beijing YouAn Hospital Affiliated to Capital University of Medical Science from January 2014 to December 2015 were enrolled...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Stephen Aniskevich, Ryan M Chadha, Prith Peiris, Cemal Burcin Taner, Klaus L Torp, Colleen S Thomas, Maria L Yataco, Sher-Lu Pai
INTRODUCTION: Takotsubo syndrome (TTS), also known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy or stress-induced cardiomyopathy, has been described following a variety of surgeries and disease states. The relationship between intra-operative anesthesia management and the development of this syndrome has never been fully elucidated. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this study was to determine the relationship of multiple intra-operative factors on the pathogenesis of TTS. METHODS: A single-center retrospective review of all liver transplants performed at Mayo Clinic Florida from January 2005 to December 2014...
August 22, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
H K Atalan, B Gucyetmez, R Donmez, A Kargi, K Y Polat
OBJECTIVE: Epidural analgesia (EA) has positive effects on anesthetic requirement, blood loss, postoperative analgesia, and pulmonary function tests (PFTs). The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of EA on postoperative PFTs in liver transplant donors (LTDs). METHODS: In the present study, 66 LTDs were classified as total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA) and TIVA+EA groups. Patient's age, sex, body mass index, induction and maintenance dose of propofol (IDP and MDP), operation duration, forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1), forced vital capacity (FVC), FEV1/FVC ratio, visual analog scale (VAS), atelectasis scores, and lengths of intensive care unit (ICU) and hospital stays were recorded...
July 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
Helga Cristina Almeida da Silva, Marcia Hiray, Mariz Vainzof, Beny Schmidt, Acary Souza Bulle Oliveira, José Luiz Gomes do Amaral
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Duchenne/Becker muscular dystrophy affects skeletal muscles and leads to progressive muscle weakness and risk of atypical anesthetic reactions following exposure to succinylcholine or halogenated agents. The aim of this report is to describe the investigation and diagnosis of a patient with Becker muscular dystrophy and review the care required in anesthesia. CASE REPORT: Male patient, 14 years old, referred for hyperCKemia (chronic increase of serum creatine kinase levels - CK), with CK values of 7,779-29,040IU...
May 30, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
Timur Dubovoy, Amy M Shanks, Scott Devine, Sachin Kheterpal
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We used electronic health record data to define frequency of inadequate intraoperative neuromuscular blockade (NMB). DESIGN: Retrospective observational study using electronic health record data. SETTING: Operating room in a tertiary care academic hospital. PATIENTS: A total of 129,209 adult patients with American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status 1 to 5 undergoing general anesthesia in an outpatient or inpatient setting who received nondepolarizing NMB...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Joon-Young Ohm, Gi-Young Ko, Kyu-Bo Sung, Dong-Il Gwon, Heung Kyu Ko
The purpose of this article is to evaluate and compare the safety and efficacy of endovascular management of the portal vein (PV) via percutaneous transsplenic access versus percutaneous transhepatic access in liver transplantation (LT) recipients. A total of 18 patients who underwent endovascular management of PV via percutaneous transhepatic (n = 8) and transsplenic (n = 10) access were enrolled. Transsplenic access was chosen if the spleen was located in a normal position, the splenic vein (SpV) was preserved, and the target lesion did not involve confluence of the superior mesenteric and SpVs...
September 2017: Liver Transplantation
Daniel Katz, Jeron Zerillo, Sang Kim, Bryan Hill, Ryan Wang, Andrew Goldberg, Samuel DeMaria
Anesthetic management of orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) is complex. Given the unequal distributions of liver transplant surgeries performed at different centers, anesthesiology providers receive relatively uneven OLT training and exposure. One well-suited modality for OLT training is the "serious game," an interactive application created for the purpose of imparting knowledge or skills, while leveraging the self-motivating elements of video games. We therefore developed a serious game designed to teach best practices for the anesthetic management of a standard OLT and determined if the game would improve resident performance in a simulated OLT...
April 2017: Liver Transplantation
Brian C Hardy, Christopher R Giordano
Hypertension is a common occurrence during general anesthesia. Apart from pathological causes of hypertension, it is rarely extreme enough to be classified as a hypertensive crisis (systolic blood pressure >180 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure >120 mm Hg). There is literature concerning the unintentional electrocauterization of the adrenal gland leading to hypertensive crisis, but to date, no reports have been made of adrenal stimulation from the use of an Aquamantys for hemostasis. Here, we report such a case when a hypertensive crisis (systolic blood pressure >300 mm Hg) occurred while using an Aquamantys during a liver transplant after unintentional stimulation of the adrenal glands...
December 15, 2016: A & A Case Reports
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