Liver transplantation preserving the vena cava and a temporary portocaval shunt

Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift für alle Gebiete der operativen Medizen
U J HesseB de Hemptinne


The experience with laterolateral cavocavostomy for hepatovenous reconstruction in liver transplantation is reviewed with and without the use of a temporary portocaval shunt. A total of 65 liver transplantations were analyzed. In 49 transplantations a laterolateral cavocaval anastomosis was performed (group I). In group II (n = 16) the same technique was used after a temporary portal caval shunt was constructed. Mean arterial pressure (mmHg): group I 128 +/- 34; group II 109 +/- 32. Cardiac output (l/min) decrease during the anhepatic phase was 2.3 +/- 1.9 and 1.2 +/- 1.5, respectively (P < 0.05). The peroperative blood loss measured as the number of packed cells transfused was 16.4 +/- 15.8 versus 1.2 +/- 2.3 (P < 0.04) and fresh frozen plasma 19.0 +/- 14.7 versus 3.7 +/- 4.0 (P < 0.02). Course on ICU (days), liver function tests, renal function and the need for reoperation because of bleeding were not statistically significantly different between the groups. One-year patient survival was 82.7 and 85.7%, respectively. In conclusion, we found that despite preservation of the caval flow during hepatectomy, the additional use of a temporary portocaval shunt was advantageous with regard to peroperative hemorrhage and hemodynamic s...Continue Reading


Jul 6, 2019·Liver Transplantation : Official Publication of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society·Lars Cornelis PietersenAndries Erik Braat
Apr 21, 2006·Transplant International : Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation·Hervé LebbinckKoen Reyntjens

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