Vascular Complications after Liver Transplantation

Goran Klintmalm, Srinath Chinnakotla

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Vascular complications after liver transplantation continue to be a major source of morbidity and mortality after liver transplantation. Hepatic artery thrombosis (HAT) and portal vein thrombosis (PVT) are the most common complications. HAT and PVT interrupt the allograft's blood supply and produce early graft loss, long-term dysfunction, or patient death, making these surgical complications life threatening. However, detailed pre-transplant evaluation of the liver transplant recipient, careful planning and execution of the operation, early diagnosis of the complications, and prompt intervention can significantly reduce the incidence and morbidity of vascular complications. This chapter discusses the pertinent points with focus and emphasis as practiced by the senior author.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Care of the Liver Transplant Patient
Subtitle of host publication4th Edition
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781444335910
StatePublished - Mar 28 2012


  • Hepatic artery stenosis
  • Hepatic artery thrombosis
  • Portal vein stenosis
  • Portal vein thrombosis


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