Recipient splenic artery utilization for arterial re-anastomosis in living donor liver transplantation: Single-center experience

PİŞKİN T., Demirbas T., Yalcin L., Yaprak O., DAYANGAÇ M., Guler N., ...More

Hepato-Gastroenterology, vol.59, no.116, pp.1263-1264, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 59 Issue: 116
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.5754/hge11642
  • Journal Name: Hepato-Gastroenterology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1263-1264
  • Keywords: Living donor, Liver Transplantation, Splenic Artery
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Thrombosis of recipient hepatic artery is a life threatening complication for liver transplantation. The etiology of hepatic arterial thrombosis is multi-factorial and can be caused by intimal dissection, poor surgical technique and coagulopathies. The patency of hepatic arterial flow is very important for both graft survival and patient survival. Intraoperative diagnosis of indequate hepatic arterial flow found with Doppler ultrasonography is essential in order to achieve good results after liver transplantation. Urgent re-anastomosis is necessary when the arterial blood flow is insufficient. We performed 317 living donor liver transplantations from July 2004 to July 2011. We used recipient splenic artery for hepatic artery reconstruction in six patients. These six patients were included in this study. Using the recipient splenic artery is a simple, safe and practical alternative for hepatic artery re-anastomosis in living donor liver transplantations. © H.G.E. Update Medical Publishing S.A.