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A new simplified technique of arterial reconstruction in pediatric living-donor liver transplantation: A comparison with the classical technique.
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PMID:  25280659     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND/AIM: Hepatic artery anastomosis (HAA) is the most important aspect of living donor liver transplantation (LDLT), and it is currently performed by a specialized microsurgeon using micro surgical techniques, with interrupted sutures and the aid of an operative microscope. To simplify the procedure, we studied a new, simpler technique performed by pediatric transplant surgeons with continuous sutures and the same 3.5× magnification loupe used during other transplant procedures. The aim of this study was to compare these two hepatic artery reconstruction techniques in two pediatric LDLT series.
METHODS: This study was initiated in January 2010 and finished in June 2013. In the first period, the arterial reconstruction was performed with an operating microscope and the classical technique of 9-0 separate sutures. In the second period, the arterial reconstruction was performed using a simpler technique, with surgical loupe and continuous 8-0 Prolene sutures. The incidences and outcomes of complications within the two periods were analyzed and compared.
RESULTS: A total of 82 LDLTs were performed, 38 in the first period and 44 in the second period. There were no differences between the periods, except for the arterial ischemia time, which was lower in the second period.
CONCLUSION: Hepatic artery anastomosis can be safely performed with low complication rates by a pediatric transplant surgeon using continuous sutures with a 3.5× magnifying loupe. This technique is simpler, less time consuming and simplifies the complex pediatric LDLT procedure.
Ana Cristina Aoun Tannuri; Roberta Figueiredo Monteiro; Maria Mercês Santos; Helena Thie Miyatani; Uenis Tannuri
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2014-02-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric surgery     Volume:  49     ISSN:  1531-5037     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Pediatr. Surg.     Publication Date:  2014 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-10-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0052631     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Surg     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1518-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Published by Elsevier Inc.
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