What is the Prognosis After Retransplantation of the Liver?

Division of Liver and Pancreas Transplantation, Department of Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, 650 C. E. Young Drive South, 77-120 CHS, Box 957054, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.
Advances in Surgery 09/2012; 46(1):87-100. DOI: 10.1016/j.yasu.2012.03.005
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT In patients with failing liver grafts, hepatic retransplantation cannot be abandoned for the ethical and practical reasons that have been detailed previously. The current recommendations involve a strategy for risk stratification of retransplant candidates. The long-term patient and graft survival outcomes after ReLT are excellent and acceptable for the low and intermediate groups, respectively. However, pursuing ReLT in transplant candidates in the high-risk category cannot be recommended. Furthermore, ReLT should be reserved for centers equipped to manage the difficulties of the endeavor because it is a technically demanding operation that requires surgical expertise and excellent anesthesiology and critical care support both before and after transplantation.

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