Impact of Graft Type in Living Donor Liver Transplantation: Remnant Liver Regeneration and Outcome in Donors

L. L.C. Tsang, Y. C. Tung, H. W. Hsu, H. Y. Ou, C. Y. Yu, T. L. Huang, C. L. Chen, Y. F. Cheng*

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Objectives Liver regeneration and donor safety in right-lobe (RL) and left-lobe (LL) grafts are essential for donors in living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). Our aim was to compare the liver regeneration rate and postoperative outcome between different donor graft types in LDLT. Materials and Methods A total of 95 donors were divided into 2 groups: RL (n = 42) and LL (n = 53). The remnant liver of LL donors were subdivided into 3 subgroups according to the different hepatic venous drainage pattern that dominates from right hepatic vein (dominant RHV; n = 34), middle hepatic vein (dominant MHV; n = 10), and include MHV for left lateral segment (LLS) graft (n = 9). The demographic data, postoperative laboratory data, complications, remnant liver volume (RLV), and remnant liver regeneration rate (RLRR) 6 months after surgery were compared. Results The postoperative total bilirubin (TB), prothrombin time (PT), and intensive care unit (ICU) stays of the LL group were lower than the RL group (P <.05). The LL group has no significant better regeneration rate 6 months after surgery than the RL group. However, dominant RHV and LLS groups have significantly better RLRR than the RL group (89.2% vs 86% and 95.1% vs 86%, respectively, P <.05), but no significance in the dominant MHV group. Conclusion In conclusion, different hepatic venous drainage patterns of remnant liver grafts may affect the regeneration rate in LL LDLT, especially with dominant RHV donors, may have more comparable outcomes with that of RL, and should be a favorable option during donor selection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1015-1017
Number of pages3
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number4
StatePublished - 01 05 2016
Externally publishedYes

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