Mark J Thomas

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, United States

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Publications (5)17.59 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Primary fascial closure is often difficult after adult orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT), complicated by donor-to-recipient graft size mismatch, post-reperfusion hepatic edema, coagulopathy, or intestinal edema. Attempts at closing the abdomen under these circumstances can cause increase in intra-abdominal pressures, resulting in significant complications, including graft loss. Temporary closure with silastic mesh has been used as a viable option in children receiving transplants, but there is no experience recorded with its use in adults. A retrospective review was conducted on 200 consecutive liver transplantations performed over 42 months (October 2002 to February 2006). Records were evaluated for patient and donor demographics, perioperative factors including Model for End-Stage Liver Disease and Child-Turcotte-Pugh scores, indications for OLT, ischemic times, blood product administration, and use of temporary silastic mesh closure. Patients requiring silastic mesh were further evaluated for indication, time to primary fascial closure, duration of intubation, length of stay, graft function, and complications (infectious, vascular, biliary, and hernia development). Comparisons were made with a cohort of patients undergoing OLT over the same time period but who were closed primarily, without the use of temporary silastic mesh. Fifty-one liver transplantations (25.5%) of the 200 total transplant cohort used silastic mesh closure. Comparison of the cohorts (primary closure vs. temporary mesh) revealed that no differences existed, except the requirement of all blood products was significantly greater in the silastic mesh group (P < 0.001). Bowel edema (47.1%) and coagulopathy (37.3%) were the most common indications for mesh closure, with less frequent reasons including donor to recipient size mismatch (11.8%), hemodynamic instability, and a large preexisting fascial defect (2.0% each). The average time from transplant to final fascial closure was 3.4 days (range 2-9 days). In the silastic cohort, 41 transplants where closed primarily, 3 required the addition of synthetic mesh, and 6 had component separation and flap closure. After fascial closure, the mean time to extubation was 1 day. The median length of follow-up was 1.3 years for the silastic closure group. Long-term wound complications in the silastic closure group included 1 instance of colonic fistula, 2 incisional hernias, and 2 wound infections. The 30-day and 1-year patient survival for this group were 93.6 and 82.4%, respectively, and the graft survival for those same periods were 90.2 and 77.7%, respectively. Wound complications, rates of hepatic artery thrombosis or stricture, portal vein thrombosis or stricture, biliary complications, and allograft and patient survival were no different than those in patients undergoing initial primary closure. In adult liver transplantation with a difficult (or potentially difficult) abdomen, temporary closure with silastic mesh was found to allow for uncomplicated fascial closure in a short period of time, with rapid extubation times, excellent graft function, and minimal instances of infectious or wound complications. In circumstances where large amounts of blood products are required, where a size mismatch exists, or where bowel edema is present during adult liver transplantation, temporary closure with silastic mesh is an ideal strategy.
    Liver Transplantation 02/2007; 13(2):258-65. · 3.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Malignancy is a well defined complication of chronic immunosuppression. Post transplant malignancies appear to be related to cumulative doses of immunosuppression, and in pediatric patients, acute infection of previously naive patients. The most commonly encountered malignancy in this age population is Post Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder (PTLD). PTLD is not a single entity but rather represents a continuum of disease. Treatment of PTLD should be initiated with immunosuppression reduction. Standard dose chemotherapy leads to significant morbidity. With the introduction of anti-CD20 antibody treatment with rituximab, chemotherapy has become second line therapy. The occurrence of solid malignancy appears to be associated with chronic immunosuppression. These cancers include those of skin, gynecologic organs, and the rectum, all of which appear to have the strongest association with viral mediators. Several strategies have been postulated to minimize the occurrence of malignancy. These include ganciclovir prophylaxis for the prevention of PTLD and the use of mychophenolic acid and TOR inhibitor maintenance to diminish the incidence of PTLD and solid malignancies. This leaves transplant physicians with several new and novel immunosuppressive agents with uncertain oncologic potentials that will need to be examined over the next decade.
    Seminars in Pediatric Surgery 09/2006; 15(3):179-87. · 2.40 Impact Factor
  • Surgery 05/2006; 139(4):535-41. · 3.37 Impact Factor
  • Journal of the American College of Surgeons 04/2005; 200(3):472-80. · 4.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The use of minimally invasive procedures has revolutionized modern surgery. Only recently has laparoscopy been introduced for use in hepatic surgery. Patient demographics, tumor characteristics, and outcomes were evaluated for all initial cases of laparoscopic hepatic resection. Twenty-one resections were performed in 17 patients; 5 were performed for malignancy, of which 3 had underlying cirrhosis, and the remaining 12 for benign symptomatic disease. Mean patient age was 55.4 (range, 24-82 years). The mean number of lesions was 1.4 (range, 1-5), having an average size of 7.6 cm (range, 2-30 cm). Mean operative time was 2.8 hours (range, 2-5 hours) hours. Most resections involved 1 or more Couinaud segments. Mean blood loss was 288 cc (range, 50-150 cc). Complications included re-operation for hemorrhage (n=2), biliary leakage (n=1), and death from hepatic failure (n=1). Mean length of stay was 2.9 days (range, 1-14). When compared with our series of 100 patients who underwent open hepatic resection for benign tumors, significantly greater means ( P <.05) were noted for blood loss (485 cc), operative time (4.5 hours), and length of stay (6.5 days). Laparoscopic hepatic surgery, though complex, can be performed safely and efficaciously. Minimally invasive surgery appears to provide several distinct advantages over traditional open hepatic surgery. However, techniques for the laparoscopic control of bleeding and bile leak remain in their infancy.
    Surgery 10/2004; 136(4):804-11. · 3.37 Impact Factor