Living-donor liver transplant in 3 patients with budd-chiari syndrome: Case report

Bas K., Yaprak O., DAYANGAÇ M., Ulusoy O. L., Dogusoy G. B., Yuzer Y., ...More

Experimental and Clinical Transplantation, vol.10, no.2, pp.172-175, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.6002/ect.2011.0044
  • Journal Name: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.172-175
  • Keywords: Budd-Chiari syndrome, End-stage liver disease, Liver transplant, Living donors
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Budd-Chiari syndrome is a rare but life-threatening disorder characterized by obstruction of the hepatic venous outflow. Treatment depends on the underlying cause, the location, and extent of the obstruction, and the functional capacity of the liver. A stepwise therapeutic approach is commonly accepted. When all other therapy options are unsuccessful, or in case of end-stage liver disease, transplant should be considered. We present case reports of 3 patients with Budd-Chiari syndrome who underwent living-donor liver transplant. Characteristic features of Budd-Chiari syndrome, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, complications, and overall outcomes are discussed. We believe that when a deceased donor graft is unavailable, a living-donor liver transplant can be a safe option for patients with end-stage liver disease associated with Budd-Chiari syndrome. © Başkent University 2012.