Rescue of a living donor with liver transplantation.
Postoperative liver failure is a rare complication after living donor liver resection. This is a case report of a 22-year-old healthy donor who was rescued with liver transplantation 11 days after right hemihepatectomy. Nine months later the patient is alive, and has fully recovered from his multiple organ failure. According to a review of the literature, there are four additional living liver donors, who received a liver transplant. Our own patient is the only survivor, so far. This case demonstrates that even in supposedly healthy living donors postoperative complications cannot be completely prevented. Although liver failure is rare in these patients, timely transplantation may need to be considered as the only life-saving treatment.
Ringe, B; Xiao, G; Sass, DA; Karam, J; Shang, S; Maroney, TP; Trebelev, AE; Levison, S; Fuchs, AC; Petrucci, R; Ko, A; Gonzalez, M; Reynolds, JC; Meyers, WC
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