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Transplant Proc. 2007 Jun;39(5):1554-7.

Budd-Chiari-induced protein-losing enteropathy after liver transplantation.

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Department of Surgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong.


Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) is one of the uncommon complications of hepatic venous reconstruction in liver transplantation. Protein-losing enteropathy (PLE) secondary to this event has rarely been described. A 14-year-old girl suffering from acute hepatic failure underwent an emergency living-related liver transplantation and developed BCS 1 year later. Her condition has been managed with several sessions of hepatic venoplasty. On one occasion, she suffered septicemia and severe diarrhea, passing large amount of fibrinoid material. The diagnosis of PLE was made clinically, which resolved immediately after reestablishment of hepatic venous patency by balloon venoplasty. This observation suggested that BCS was responsible for PLE in this patient. Prompt diagnosis and early intervention for this life-threatening condition is essential.

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