Severe atherosclerosis of donor hepatic arteries is a salvageable condition in liver transplantation to optimise the graft utilisation: A case series and review of the literature.

Sakuraoka, Yuhki and da Silva Boteon, Amanda Pinter Carvalheiro and Brown, Rachel and Perera, M Thamara P R (2019) Severe atherosclerosis of donor hepatic arteries is a salvageable condition in liver transplantation to optimise the graft utilisation: A case series and review of the literature. International journal of surgery case reports, 59. pp. 190-196. ISSN 2210-2612.

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION

The presence of atherosclerosis of the common hepatic artery (CHA) in donor livers potentially contributes to vascular complications after liver transplantation, thereby most of those organs are traditionally discarded. Herein, we describe the successful outcome of three patients transplanted with grafts that had severe atherosclerosis of the donor CHA up to the level of the gastroduodenal artery (GDA).

PRESENTATION OF CASE

In all three cases, endarterectomies were performed by dissection between the atheromatous core and the artery intima using a dissecting spatula, allowing to secure the lumen of the vessel. The native CHA/GDA patch was aligned with the corresponding CHA/GDA patch from the graft for the arterial reconstruction. No vascular complications were seen post-operatively.

DISCUSSION

Endarterectomy and anatomical reconstitution of the arterial tree, without any redundancy or kinking, allowed for the successful transplantation of organs that would be otherwise discarded. Further, the straight alignment of the arteries may enhance flow dynamics, preventing thrombosis.

CONCLUSION

This report might guide future studies targeting means to increase the utility of donor livers discarded due to arterial atherosclerosis.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WI Digestive system. Gastroenterology
Divisions: Planned IP Care
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Depositing User: Mrs Laura Walsh
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2019 14:25
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2019 14:25
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/2159

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