A simple hilar dissection technique preserving maximum blood supply to the bile duct in living donor liver transplantation.
Duct-to-duct reconstruction is associated with a higher incidence in biliary strictures in living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). However, a standard dissection technique for the recipient's bile duct has not been established. Here, we describe a simple bile duct dissection technique preserving maximum vascular integrity during total hepatectomy of the recipient. The present technique might facilitate duct-to-duct bile duct reconstruction in both right and left lobe LDLT and, thus, contribute to reduce biliary complications such as biliary strictures. We believe that this technique can be a standard in the field of LDLT.
Soejima, Y; Fukuhara, T; Morita, K; Yoshizumi, T; Ikegami, T; Yamashita, Y; Sugimachi, K; Taketomi, A; Maehara, Y
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