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Living donor liver transplantation

Fernando Rotellar, Fernando Pardo, Alberto Benito, Gabriel Zozaya, Pablo Martí-Cruchaga, Francisco Hidalgo, Luis Lopez, Mercedes Iñarrairaegui, Bruno Sangro, Ignacio Herrero
BACKGROUND: The pure laparoscopic approach in right hepatectomy (LRH) for living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) is a controversial issue. Some authors have reported the procedure to be feasible but surgical outcomes and impact on short and long-term morbidity rates are yet to be determined. The aim of this study is to present the results of a preliminary 5 consecutive cases series of LRH for LDLT and to compare it with a successive cohort of open right hepatectomies (ORH) for LDLT...
October 17, 2016: Transplantation
Sung Jung Kim, Je Hwan Won, Young Bae Kim, Hee-Jung Wang, Bong-Wan Kim, Haeryoung Kim, Jinoo Kim
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous biopsy is a widely-accepted technique for acquiring histologic samples of the liver. When there is concern for bleeding, plugged percutaneous biopsy (PPB) may be performed, which involves embolization of the biopsy tract. PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of PPB of the liver in patients suspected to have graft rejection after living-donor liver transplantation (LDLT). MATERIAL AND METHODS: During January 2007 and December 2013, 51 patients who underwent PPB of the liver under the suspicion of post-LDLT graft rejection were retrospectively analyzed...
October 17, 2016: Acta Radiologica
Raquel Núñez-Ramos, Soledad Montoro, Marcello Bellusci, María Rosa Del Fresno-Valencia, Marta Germán-Díaz, Pedro Urruzuno, Enrique Medina, Javier Manzanares
PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to analyze the characteristics of patients with acute liver failure (ALF) in our center and evaluate the prognostic value of the Pediatric End-Stage Liver Disease (PELD) score calculated at admission. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis of patients with ALF younger than 15 years between 2005 and 2013 was performed. Information collected included age, sex, etiology of ALF, laboratory tests, PELD score, stage of encephalopathy, and need for liver support devices such as MARS and/or liver transplant (LT) and survival...
September 30, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
M Mikla, A Rios, A Lopez-Navas, B Gorzkowicz, D Kilanska, L Martinez-Alarcón, G Ramis, P Ramirez, M J Lopez Montesinos
BACKGROUND: Liver transplantation from living donors (LLD) has become a viable and important source of liver grafts. The objective of this study was to analyze the attitude of nursing students at the Pomeranian Medical University in Poland on donation of live liver, and to determine the factors that affect it. METHODS: Academic year 2011-2012, nursing students at a university in Poland, sampling points in 5 compulsory-attendance nursing courses with a completion rate of 80%, validated questionnaire (PCID-DVH Rios) filled out anonymously and self-administered...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
R N Makroo, Soma Agrawal, Mohit Chowdhry, Brinda Kakkar, Uday K Thakur
BACKGROUND: Liver transplantation is one of the solid organs most commonly being transplanted across the world. The indications, affordability and accessibility have grown manifold. To increase the donor pool, inclusion of ABO incompatible liver donors is being considered. To enhance the graft functioning and survival, immunoadsorption apheresis to reduce the ABO hemagglutination titres are on the rise. CASE REPORT: We report three cases ABO incompatible liver transplantation with immunoadsorption protocol...
September 28, 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Toru Ikegami, Tomonari Shimagaki, Junji Kawasaki, Tomoharu Yoshizumi, Hideaki Uchiyama, Noboru Harada, Norifumi Harimoto, Shinji Itoh, Yuji Soejima, Yoshihiko Maehara
INTRODUCTION: Biliary anastomosis stricture (BAS) is still among the major concerns after living donor liver transplantation (LDLT), even after the technical refinements including the universal use of the blood flow-preserving hilar dissection technique. The aim of this study is to investigate what are still the factors for BAS after LDLT. METHODS: An analysis of 279 adult-to-adult LDLT grafts (left lobe, n=161; right lobe, n=118) with duct-to-duct (DD) biliary reconstruction, since the universal application of minimal hilar dissection technique and gradual introduction of eversion technique, was performed...
October 12, 2016: Transplantation
MiHye Park, Sangbin Han, Gaab Soo Kim, Mi Sook Gwak
BACKGROUND: Intrapulmonary thermodilution technique using a pulmonary artery catheter is widely used for measuring cardiac output (CO) in patients undergoing liver transplantation. However, its invasiveness and associated complications have led to an interest in less invasive modalities. Thus, we aimed to evaluate whether the new calibrated pulse-wave analysis method monitoring (VolumeViewTM/EV1000TM) is interchangeable with intrapulmonary thermodilution technique. METHODS: Twenty-eight patients undergoing living donor liver transplantation were enrolled in this prospective observational study...
2016: PloS One
Jong Man Kim, Choon Hyuck David Kwon, Jae-Won Joh, Gyu-Seong Choi, Jae Berm Park, Eun-Suk Kang, Sung Joo Kim, Suk-Koo Lee
PURPOSE: T lymphocytes are an essential component of allograft rejection and tolerance. The aims of the present study are to analyze the characteristics of T-cell subsets between ABO-incompatible living donor liver transplantation (ABO-I LDLT) and ABO-compatible LDLT (ABO-C LDLT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between April 2013 and June 2014, 61 patients underwent adult LDLT. ABO-I LDLT patients received rituximab and all patients received basiliximab as induction therapy and tacrolimus as maintenance therapy...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
Min-Ho Shin, Deok-Bog Moon, Sung-Gyu Lee, Shin Hwang, Ki-Hun Kim, Chul-Soo Ahn, Tae-Yong Ha, Gi-Won Song, Dong-Hwan Jung, Gil-Chun Park, Young-In Yun, Wan-Jun Kim, Woo-Hyoung Kang, Seok-Hwan Kim, Gi-Young Ko
BACKGROUND: Although perioperative portal vein (PV) stent implantation is an effective treatment for steno-occlusive disease in adult living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) recipients, we experienced high incidence of biliary anastomotic strictures (BAS) after PV stenting. In this study, we sought to clarify the relation between BAS and PV stenting and to suggest the possible mechanism of BAS and measures to reduce its incidence. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 44 LDLT recipients who underwent PV stent implantation across the line of PV anastomosis regardless of the location of steno-occlusion (stent group) and their matched controls (non-stented LDLT recipients, n=131)...
October 2016: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
Shaleen Agarwal, Neerav Goyal, Mohammed Nayeem, Shishir Pareek, Subash Gupta
BACKGROUND: Living donor liver transplant (LDLT) in obese patients raises concerns with regards to obtaining grafts of "adequate" graft recipient weight ratio (GRWR) and the impact of obesity on the outcomes of LDLT. METHODS: LDLT outcomes in patients weighing more than 100 kg were compared with those weighing less than 100 kg. Patients weighing more than 100 kg were divided into 3 categories based on GRWR of the grafts they received. Groups 1, 2 and 3 included patients with GRWR equal to or greater than 0...
October 12, 2016: Liver Transplantation
Hae Won Lee, Kyung-Suk Suh
There has been ongoing debate that the Milan criteria may be too strict that a significant number of patients who could benefit from liver transplantation (LT) might have been excluded. Based on this idea, various studies have been conducted to further expand the Milan criteria and give more HCC patients a chance of cure. In deceased donor LT (DDLT) setting, expansion of the criteria is relatively tempered because the results of LT for HCC should be comparable to those of patients with non-malignant indications...
September 2016: Clinical and Molecular Hepatology
Giovanni Battista Levi Sandri, Edoardo De Werra, Gianluca Mascianà, Francesco Guerra, Gabriele Spoletini, Quirino Lai
Minimally invasive surgical approaches in transplantation are gaining increasing interest, and many centers are reporting their, mainly laparoscopic, experiences. Robotic surgery (RS) has some hypothetical advantages over traditional laparoscopy, and has been successfully applied, although infrequently to organ transplantation. Our goal was to review and critique the publications reporting RS use in organ transplantation. Most of the RS experience has been with living renal donor organ procurement and, to a lesser extent, with RS procedures in the transplant recipient...
October 11, 2016: Clinical Transplantation
Yinzhe Xu, Jiye Chen, Hongguang Wang, Hui Zheng, Dan Feng, Aiqun Zhang, Jianjun Leng, Weidong Duan, Zhanyu Yang, Mingyi Chen, Xianjie Shi, Shouwang Cai, Wenbin Ji, Kai Jiang, Wenzhi Zhang, Yongliang Chen, Wanqing Gu, Jiahong Dong, Shichun Lu
BACKGROUND: The high prevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) imposes a huge burden of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in Asia. Surgical resection remains an important therapeutic strategy for HCC. Hepatic inflow occlusion, known as the Pringle maneuver, is the most commonly used method of reducing blood loss during liver parenchymal transection. A major issue with this maneuver is ischemia-reperfusion injury to the remnant liver, and the hemodynamic disturbance it induces in the tumor-bearing liver raises an oncological concern...
October 11, 2016: Trials
Reina Sasaki, Tatsuo Kanda, Masayuki Ohtsuka, Shin Yasui, Yuki Haga, Masato Nakamura, Masayuki Yokoyama, Shuang Wu, Shingo Nakamoto, Makoto Arai, Hitoshi Maruyama, Masaru Miyazaki, Osamu Yokosuka
Direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) are relatively safe and highly effective for the eradication of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in liver transplant recipients. In this case study, we present a female with a graft reinfected with HCV genotype 2 who was treated with a combination of sofosbuvir and ribavirin after living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). Because the graft was from a hepatitis B core antibody-positive donor, passive immunization with hyperimmune hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIG) and entecavir were also provided to prevent hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation...
May 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
Ashwani K Singal, Patrick S Kamath
Liver transplantation is a definitive therapy for patients with end-stage liver disease and cirrhosis, with improvement in survival and quality of life. Patients are carefully screened and selected for this modality of treatment to achieve maximum survival benefit. For example, a patient with hepatocellular carcinoma is a candidate if he or she is within Milan criteria and has no significant comorbidity. Similarly, patients with alcoholic cirrhosis are transplant candidates if they are deemed to have been rehabilitated from abusive alcohol consumption and are at low risk for recidivism...
October 6, 2016: Hepatology International
Varvara A Kirchner, Shin Hwang, Gi-Won Song, Chul-Soo Ahn, Deok-Bog Moon, Ki-Hun Kim, Dong-Hwan Jung, Tae-Yong Ha, Gil-Chun Park, Sung-Gyu Lee
BACKGROUND The middle hepatic vein (MHV) interposition vessel graft (IVG) is often occluded within a few months after living-donor liver transplantation (LDLT). We aimed to assess the mechanisms of resolving the hepatic venous congestion (HVC) that develops after gradual occlusion of the MHV-IVG. MATERIAL AND METHODS This study comprised two parts. Part I involved an assessment of the process of HVC resolution in the remnant right liver after donation of an extended left liver graft (n=100). Part II involved an evaluation of the timing and patterns of gradual MHV-IVG occlusion and HVC resolution in LDLT recipients (n=100)...
October 7, 2016: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
Andrea Lauterio, Stefano Di Sandro, Salvatore Gruttadauria, Marco Spada, Fabrizio Di Benedetto, Umberto Baccarani, Enrico Regalia, Ernesto Melada, Alessandro Giacomoni, Matteo Cescon, Davide Cintorino, Giorgio Ercolani, Matteo Rota, Giorgio Rossi, Vincenzo Mazzaferro, Andrea Risaliti, Antonio Daniele Pinna, Bruno Gridelli, Luciano De Carlis
BACKGROUND: Major concerns about donor morbidity and mortality still limit the use of living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) to overcome the organ shortage. METHODS: The present study assessed donor safety in LDTL in Italy reporting donor postoperative outcomes in 246 living donation procedures performed by seven transplant centers. Outcomes were evaluated over two time periods using the validated Clavien 5-tier grading system, and several clinical variables were analyzed to determine the risk factors for donor morbidity...
October 6, 2016: Liver Transplantation
Silke Rummler, Astrid Bauschke, Erik Bärthel, Heike Jütte, Katrin Maier, Patrice Ziehm, Christina Malessa, Utz Settmacher
For a long time, it was considered medical malpractice to neglect the blood group system during transplantation. Because there are far more patients waiting for organs than organs available, a variety of attempts have been made to transplant AB0-incompatible (AB0i) grafts. Improvements in AB0i graft survival rates have been achieved with immunosuppression regimens and plasma treatment procedures. Nevertheless, some grafts are rejected early after AB0i living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) due to antibody mediated rejection or later biliary complications that affect the quality of life...
September 24, 2016: World Journal of Transplantation
Yukihiro Sanada, Yasunaru Sakuma, Hideki Sasanuma, Atsushi Miki, Takumi Katano, Yuta Hirata, Noriki Okada, Naoya Yamada, Yoshiyuki Ihara, Taizen Urahashi, Naohiro Sata, Yoshikazu Yasuda, Koichi Mizuta
Utilizing the opened round ligament as venous grafts during liver transplantation is useful but controversial, and there are no pathological analyses of this procedure. Herein, we describe the first reported case of a pathological analysis of an opened round ligament used as a venous patch graft in a living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). A 13-year-old female patient with biliary atresia underwent LDLT using a posterior segment graft from her mother. The graft had two hepatic veins (HVs), which included the right HV (RHV; 15 mm) and the inferior RHV (IRHV; 20 mm)...
September 14, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Rieko Sakamoto, Kimitoshi Nakamura, Jun Kido, Shiro Matsumoto, Hiroshi Mitsubuchi, Yukihiro Inomata, Fumio Endo
Liver transplant is a treatment option for patients with MMA-emia. While this therapy does not bring about a complete cure, it is expected to prolong survival and improve the QOL of patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the significance of LDLT for patients with MMA-emia in Japan. Clinical information on 13 patients with MMA-emia who underwent LDLT was acquired using a self-developed questionnaire sent to the doctors who provided medical care to patients with MMA-emia after LDLT. Almost all of the patients continued on a protein-restricted diet, and the number of acidosis attacks had significantly decreased...
September 26, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
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