This study reports our preliminary experience of living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) for patients with acute-on-chronic liver failure (AoCLF) caused by hepatitis B.
47 patients who demonstrated Ao- CLF caused by hepatitis B with mean (±SD) Model for End-Stage Liver Disease scores of 39.2±5.1 were divided by the transplantation group (n=19) and the non-transplantation group (n=28) according to whether or not undergoing LDLT. At the same time, 30 hepatitis B cirrhosis recipients who underwent LDLT and did not reach the criteria of AoCLF were selected as the control group (n=30). In the transplantation group, veno-venous bypass, molecular adsorbent recirculating system (MARS) and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) were introduced. The intraoperative data, post-transplant complications and mortality were analyzed retrospectively.
There were no significant differences in survival rates of 1, 6 and 12 months and the postoperative complications except for pneumonia and diabetes, between the control group and the transplantation group (p>0.05). Recurrence of hepatitis B was not found in the recipients of the control group and the transplantation group.
Right-lobe LDLT may be an effective therapeutic option for patients with acute-on-chronic hepatitis B liver failure.
Hepato-gastroenterology 08/2011; 58(109):1267-73. DOI:10.5754/hge10148 · 0.91 Impact Factor