Maximizing deceased-donor allograft utilization: Management of a celiac artery aneurysm in a deceased-donor liver

Oleg Slivca, Ayokunle S. Olowofela, Oscar K. Serrano, Timothy L. Pruett

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As the scarcity of transplantable organs continues to rise, compounded with an aging donor population, transplant surgeons are increasingly confronted with organ offers from less than ideal donors. The presence of a celiomesenteric aneurysm involving the vascular supply of a donor allograft may predispose to vascular complications in the transplanted liver. We present a 61-year-old brain-dead donor who was discovered to have a celiac artery aneurysm during organ recovery. After gross atherosclerotic or mycotic involvement was ruled out and after careful consideration of the vascular reconstructive options, the donor common hepatic artery was divided distal to the aneurysmal dilatation and anastomosed to the recipient bifurcation of the left and right hepatic artery in an end-to-end beveled anastomosis. The postoperative course was unremarkable, with normal blood flow through the anastomosis and no significant complications. The recipient is doing well 6 months after transplant. The presence of a celiomesenteric aneurysm should not discourage the use of an otherwise adequate liver graft. Careful vascular reconstruction is encouraged to increase the rate of marginal graft utilization and minimize vascular complications. Liberal postoperative imaging can enable early detection of vascular com-plication and prompt intervention. Through this case, we demonstrate the remarkable potential of less-than-ideal grafts with acceptable posttransplant outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1103-1105
Number of pages3
JournalExperimental and Clinical Transplantation
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2021

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  • Celiomesenteric aneurysm
  • Extended criteria donor
  • Liver transplant

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  • Case Reports


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