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Surgery. 2002 Jul;132(1):48-56.

Biliary complications in adult living donor liver transplantation with duct-to-duct hepaticocholedochostomy or Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy biliary reconstruction.

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Department of Surgery, Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.



The aim of this study was to compare the incidence of biliary complications after adult living donor liver transplantation (ALDLT) with Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy (R-Y HJ) or duct-to-duct hepaticocholedochostomy (D-D HC).


Biliary complications were reviewed in 20 consecutive ALDLT recipients surviving more than 1 month, including 10 patients who underwent R-Y HJ and 10 patients who underwent D-D HC reconstructions.


Ten biliary complications were seen in 8 patients (40%) from the study group. Specifically, 1 case of biliary leakage and 1 case of biliary hemorrhage were observed in the R-Y HJ group (20%), and 2 biliary leakages, 4 biliary strictures, and 2 C-tube related biliary leakages were seen in 6 patients from the D-D HC group (60%). Three of the 5 patients (60%) who underwent right lobe graft ALDLTs experienced biliary stricture. All cases of biliary leakage and biliary hemorrhage were stopped spontaneously by continuous drainage. Three patients in the D-D HC group with anastomotic strictures were successfully treated with percutaneous interventions. Only 1 patient with anastomotic stricture in the D-D HC group with left lobe graft required intrahepatic R-Y HJ reanastomosis. Two cases of C-tube related biliary leakages were treated with endoscopic management.


Biliary complications such as anastomotic strictures were common in the D-D HC group rather than in the R-Y HJ group. D-D HC reconstruction should be applied cautiously, especially in the right lobe graft ALDLT cases.

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