Comparison between allogenic and autologous vascular conduits in the drainage of anterior sector in right living donor liver transplantation

Kılıç M. , AYDIN U., SOZBILEN M., OZER I., Tamsel S. , DEMIRPOLAT G., ...Daha Fazla

TRANSPLANT INTERNATIONAL, cilt.20, ss.697-701, 2007 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 20 Konu: 8
  • Basım Tarihi: 2007
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1111/j.1432-2277.2007.00499.x
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.697-701


Congestion of the anterior sector may lead to graft failure in right lobe grafts. Selective drainage of the prominent segment 5 and/or 8 veins is proposed to overcome this problem. Different vascular conduits may be used during drainage of the anterior sector. In this study, we evaluated the efficiency of the vascular conduits. Between June 1999 and December 2005, 190 patients underwent living donor right lobe liver transplantation and reconstruction of segment 5 and/or 8 veins was performed in 48 patients (25.2%). Two groups were formed according to the types of vascular conduits. Cryopreserved cadaveric iliac artery (n = 28) and cryopreserved cadaveric iliac vein (n = 8) were used in group A. In group B, recipient saphenous vein (n = 6), recipient umbilical vein (n = 5) and recipient collateral omental vein (n = 1) were used for reconstruction. The graft-recipient weight ratio, mean duration of anhepatic phase and MELD scores between two groups were not significantly different. All of the conduits were found to be patent just after reperfusion and in the early postoperative period by Doppler ultrasonography. In follow-up period of 1 year, four (11%) patients died in group A, two patients (16%) in group B. One of these patients died because of sepsis started from the saphenous vein incision site. None of the patients dying in the two groups were lost due to venous outflow problems. This study proves the efficacy of drainage of segment 5 and/or 8 veins using cryopreserved cadaveric vascular conduits. Every effort should be employed to store cadaveric iliac vessels, otherwise, whole other additive surgical intervention to ensure vascular conduit may lead uninvited serious complication.