Delayed biliary duet obstruction after orthotopic liver transplantation

G. Martineau, K. A. Porter, J. Corman, B. Launois, G. T. Schroter, W. Palmer, C. W. Putnam, C. G. Groth, C. G. Halgrimson, I. Penn, T. E. Starzl

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After orthotopic liver transplantation and biliary reconstruction by cholecystoduodenostomy, four of 40 patients developed delayed obstruction of the cystic duct. The recipients had the clinical syndrome of fulminating cholangitis with jaundice, fever, leukocytosis, toxemia, and bacteremia. All four patients died; of the four, two patients died despite late reoperation and re-establishment of bile drainage by choledochoenterostomy. In all four cases, a factor contributing to the biliary obstruction may have been infection of the extrahepatic biliary ducts with or without ulceration, and in three of the livers, there was evidence of infection of the ducts with CMV. If cholecystoduodenostomy is used in future cases, prompt re-exploration and conversion to choledochoenterostomy should be considered if the diagnosis of duct obstruction, cholangitis, and persistent bacteremia are made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)604-610
Number of pages7
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1972
Externally publishedYes

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