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Transplant Proc. 2005 Jul-Aug;37(6):2873-4.

Adult-to-adult living related liver transplantation: preliminary results of the Hepatic Transplantation Group in Algiers.

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  • 1General Oncologic Surgery and Liver Transplantation Services, Centre Pierre et Marie Curie, University of Algiers, Algiers, Algeria. kamel_bentabak@hotmail.com

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

In the absence of cadaveric grafts, a living donor liver transplant program was started in Algeria in February 2003. The aim of this study is to report the preliminary results.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

From February 2003 to September 2004, eight adult-to-adult living related liver transplantations were performed. The donors were six women and two men of mean age of 25 years (range, 18 to 48 years). Right hepatectomy was performed in seven patients and left hepatectomy in one patient. The recipients were four women and four men of mean age 33 years (range, 16 to 56 years). Follow-up ranged from 1 month to 18 months (median 7 months).

RESULTS:

All donors survived the procedure. In the immediate postoperative period, two donors experienced complications. One donor underwent reoperation for hemorrhage and one suffered partial portal vein thrombosis, which was treated medically. The eight donors are alive at home without any late complications. One recipient died on postoperative day 43 due to sepsis. Among the seven other recipients, two experienced complications: one bilioma in relation to a biliary-intestinal fistula and one thrombosis of the splenic vein with a left portal embolus. At present the seven recipients are alive with normal liver function and without complications.

CONCLUSION:

Our results are comparable to other reports suggesting that adult-to-adult living related liver transplantation is feasible with no mortality and low morbidity in donors. However, it is important to develop a cadaveric liver transplant program.

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