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Transplantation. 1997 Mar 27;63(6):905-7.

A hepatic graft tuberculosis transmitted from a living-related donor.

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Department of Transplant Surgery, Kyoto University Faculty of Medicine, Japan.


Exclusion of occult diseases in the donor organ and prevention of infectious disease transmission are minimal requirements in organ transplantation. We report here a case of hepatic graft tuberculosis, which was most likely transmitted by the graft from the living-related donor. The course of the recipient included tuberculosis, rejection, and other infections, which led to vanishing bile duct syndrome. Due to various infections and tuberculosis, as well as a strong interaction between rifampicin and tacrolimus, the patient died of pneumonia on day 273 after transplantation. This case emphasizes the importance of care in the selection of a living-related donor for liver transplantation.

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