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World J Gastroenterol. 2014 May 28;20(20):6221-5. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v20.i20.6221.

Interventional radiology in living donor liver transplant.

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  • 1Yu-Fan Cheng, Hsin-You Ou, Chun-Yen Yu, Leo Leung-Chit Tsang, Tung-Liang Huang, Tai-Yi Chen, Hsien-Wen Hsu, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Kaohsiung 83305, Taiwan.

Abstract

The shortage of deceased donor liver grafts led to the use of living donor liver transplant (LDLT). Patients who undergo LDLT have a higher risk of complications than those who undergo deceased donor liver transplantation (LT). Interventional radiology has acquired a key role in every LT program by treating the majority of vascular and non-vascular post-transplant complications, improving graft and patient survival and avoiding, in the majority of cases, surgical revision and/or re-transplant. The aim of this paper is to review indications, diagnostic modalities, technical considerations, achievements and potential complications of interventional radiology procedures after LDLT.

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Bile duct; Hepatic artery; Hepatic vein; Liver transplant; Living donor liver transplantation; Portal vein

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