Transplantation of a cadaveric liver allograft with right lobe cavernous hemangioma, without back-table resection: A case report
ABSTRACT The use of extended criteria liver donors has become a necessity in an era of organ scarcity for transplantation. We present here a case report of orthotopic liver transplantation using a liver with a giant right lobe hemangioma without backtable resection. CASE REPORT: There were no data regarding the liver mass before organ procurement. The donor liver function tests and electrolyte profile were normal. During donor exploration a hemangioma was identified in segments V-VI, occupying approximately 20% of the total liver volume. It was prepared for transplantation on a sterile backtable without performing backtable hemangioma resection. A standard orthotropic liver transplant procedure was performed uneventfully, without veno-veno bypass. There was no bleeding from the hemangioma. The ischemic time was 9 hours and 20 minutes. Postoperative course was uneventful and the patient was discharged at 19 days after the operation. The hemangiomas showed evolution with some decrease in size upon later follow-ups. No clinically important complication was observed. CONCLUSION: Our case and other previous reports show that even large hemangiomas should not be considered to be a contraindication to organ procurement. These benign lesions either could be left in situ and observed or resected.
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