Liver transplantation utilizing a severely fractured graft: Every organ counts

Zhi Ven Fong, Madhukar S. Patel, Heidi Yeh, James F. Markmann, Parsia A. Vagefi

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Abstract

In our current era where shortage of liver grafts is commonplace, utilization of traumatic liver grafts may represent an opportunity to expand the organ donor pool without compromising graft survival. However, data on liver transplantation using a fractured liver allograft is scarce, with only small case series and reports found in the literature. In this report, we describe our experience with utilizing a liver graft with grade IV hepatic fracture for transplantation. At 12 months follow up, the recipient has excellent graft function and has regained an excellent quality of life. We demonstrate that the ability to safely use a fractured liver graft represents an additional avenue for expansion of the deceased donor population, especially in regions with prolonged waitlist times.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-134
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Hepatology
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Liver transplantation
  • Liver trauma
  • Organ pool expansion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology

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