Anaphylaxis Complicating Graft Reperfusion During Orthotopic Liver Transplantation: A Case Report

Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California 94143, USA.
Transplantation Proceedings (Impact Factor: 0.98). 06/2010; 42(5):1967-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.transproceed.2010.03.135
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Hemodynamic instability may occur during liver transplantation especially following unclamping the portal vein. A period of hypotension (postreperfusion syndrome) is usually responsive to treatment with fluids, calcium, sodium bicarbonate, and vasoactive drugs, but if hypotension persists, other causes must be sought out. In this report, we present a case in which anaphylaxis, most likely due to a component of the University of Wisconsin preservation solution, occurred coincident with liver reperfusion and severely exacerbated reperfusion hemodynamic instability. To our knowledge, this is the first report of anaphylaxis at the time of reperfusion and may provide an explanation for cases of vasoplegic syndrome associated with graft reperfusion.

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    • "By contrast, anaphylactic reactions (grade 3 parameter for systemic toxicity) are extremely rare in the clinical setting of solid organ transplantation, to our knowledge only one such case has been described in the published literature [32]. When comparing the three modalities, the highest relative frequency of a score of 3 was most often pulmonary-related (day 4 = 3.5%). "
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    ABSTRACT: Background Cellular therapy after organ transplantation is emerging as an intriguing strategy to achieve dose reduction of classical immunosuppressive pharmacotherapy. Here, we introduce a new scoring system to assess treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs) of adherent stem cell therapies in the clinical setting of allogeneic liver transplantation (for example, the MiSOT-I trial Eudract CT: 2009-017795-25). Methods The score consists of three independent modalities (set of parameters) that focus on clinically relevant events early after intravenous or intraportal stem cell infusion: pulmonary toxicity, intraportal-infusional toxicity and systemic toxicity. For each modality, values between 0 (no TEAE) and 3 (severe TEAE) were defined. The score was validated retrospectively on a cohort of n=187 recipients of liver allografts not receiving investigational cell therapy between July 2004 and December 2010. These patients represent a control population for further trials. Score values were calculated for days 1, 4, and 10 after liver transplantation. Results Grade 3 events were most commonly related to the pulmonary system (3.5% of study cohort on day 4). Almost no systemic-related TEAEs were observed during the study period. The relative frequency of grade 3 events never exceeded 5% over all modalities and time points. A subgroup analysis for grade 3 patients provided no descriptors associated with severe TEAEs. Conclusion The MiSOT-I score provides an assessment tool to score specific adverse events that may occur after adherent stem cell therapy in the clinical setting of organ transplantation and is thus a helpful tool to conduct a safety study.
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