Middle hepatic vein reconstruction during the right-lobe living donor liver transplant procedure has been recognized to be a significant factor. We initially reconstructed only a single middle hepatic vein orifice draining into segment 8. In cases where the right-lobe liver graft has several major middle hepatic vein tributaries, including veins draining segment 5 that are remote from the right hepatic vein orifice, a long and thick interposition conduit is necessary for reconstruction. Among 11 consecutive adult patients who received a right-lobe liver graft without a middle hepatic vein at our institution, 8 underwent reconstruction of all major middle hepatic vein tributaries using a vein graft from the recipient's superficial femoral vein. The remaining 3 patients had no major middle hepatic vein tributaries. Posttransplant-computed tomography imagings showed increased liver mass with a patent superficial femoral vein graft in 8 patients. In the absence of a venous system from a deceased donor, a recipient superficial femoral vein offers an excellent size match to maintain the venous outflow of middle hepatic vein tributaries. Reconstruction with recipient superficial femoral vein plays an important role in maximizing liver function and minimizing morbidity in the early posttransplant period.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2005 Dec|
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