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Cavo-portal transposition in pediatric liver transplant recipients

Marek Szymczak, Piotr Kaliciński, Wojciech Kwiatkowski, Dorota Broniszczak, Marek Stefanowicz

(Department of Pediatric Surgery and Organ Transplantation, Children’s Memorial Health Institute, Warsaw, Poland)

Ann Transplant 2014; 19:283-287

DOI: 10.12659/AOT.890060


Background: Cavo-portal transposition (CPT) at liver transplantation (LTx) allows portal revascularization of the liver in recipients in whom portal system thrombosis does not allow performance of porto-portal anastomosis. The aim was to present the cases of 2 children who underwent LTx and CPT in our institution.
Case Report: 1. A 10-year-old boy, after Kasai procedure and living donor LTx, was qualified for retransplantation 9 years after first LTx complicated with late portal vein thrombosis, portal hypertension, hypersplenism, and multiple GI bleeding episodes, after splenectomy and meso-caval shunt preventing GI bleeding. At retransplant surgery, CPT was done. Actual follow-up was 40 months. Doppler ultrasound and angio CT show normal flow within the graft’s portal vein. Biochemical parameters were within normal range. There was no bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract.
2. A 14-month-old child after Kasai procedure was qualified for living donor liver transplantation. During surgery, thrombosis of the recipient portal system was found, which was not diagnosed before. The CPT was done. There were no complications during the postoperative course. The actual follow-up was 32 months, and the patient is doing well, with normal liver and renal function, without hypersplenism or ascites. There was no gastrointestinal bleeding. Doppler ultrasound showed normal intrahepatic portal and arterial flow in the transplanted liver.
Conclusions: Cavo-portal transposition is an important option in portal vein revascularization in liver transplant recipients without access to the portal system. Long-term observation of these 2 cases did not show any late problems (e.g., bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract, renal function, hyperammonemia, ascites) related to cavo-portal transposition.

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