A meta-analysis of complications following deceased donor liver transplant.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review;Systematic Review)

BACKGROUND: Liver transplantation is a complex surgery associated with high rates of postoperative complications. While national outcomes data are available, national rates of most complications are unknown. DATA SOURCES: A systematic review of the literature reporting rates of postoperative complications between 2002 and 2012 was performed. A cohort of 29,227 deceased donor liver transplant recipients from 74 studies was used to calculate pooled incidences for 17 major postoperative complications. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first comprehensive review of postoperative complications after liver transplantation and can serve as a guide for transplant and nontransplant clinicians. Efforts to collect national data on complications, such as through the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, would improve the ability to provide patients with informed consent, serve as a tool for individual center performance monitoring, and provide a central source against which to measure interventions aimed at improving patient care.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • McElroy, LM; Daud, A; Davis, AE; Lapin, B; Baker, T; Abecassis, MM; Levitsky, J; Holl, JL; Ladner, DP

Published Date

  • October 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 208 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 605 - 618

PubMed ID

  • 25118164

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4172501

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-1883

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2014.06.006


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States