Patients with severe liver trauma may be referred to liver transplantation (LT), even though no universal algorithm is currently agreed upon. LT is usually performed as a two-stage procedure after failure of primary surgery or in the event of surgery-related acute liver failure (ALF), but pre-transplant patient management, appropriate selection criteria and prompt referral to LT centers are paramount for a favorable graft outcome. This is a report on a patient who underwent LT as a two-stage procedure for sepsis-related ALF after extended right hepatectomy for a complex abdominal blunt trauma. Prompt referral to the Liver Transplant Unit of the Cisanello Hospital, Pisa, where the whole spectrum of surgical options and intensive care support are available was crucial to allow successful LT in a timely fashion. Therefore, the authors strongly advocate the whole algorithm for patients with severe liver traumas be put under control of an experienced LT team in order to improve surgical results.
|Autori:||CATALANO G; DE SIMONE P; MONTIN U; COLETTI L; TINCANI G; URBANI L; BIANCOFIORE G; FILIPPONI F|
|Titolo:||Severe liver trauma: the transplant surgeon's perspective. A case report|
|Anno del prodotto:||2008|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|