Portal vein grafts in hepatic transplantation

B. W. Shaw, S. Iwatsuki, K. Bron, T. E. Starzl

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Confirmation of patency of the portal vein by either ultrasound or angiography is a routine part of the evaluation of patients being considered for hepatic transplantation. Complete thrombosis of the portal vein usually has been viewed as precluding successful orthotopic hepatic replacement. In addition, some pediatric patients present with extremely small portal veins which, although patent, have proved to be thick walled and sclerotic. Our recent experience has shown that, in both of these situations, successful and complete revascularization of hepatic allografts is quite feasible by using a vein graft to ensure adequate portal venous flow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-68
Number of pages3
JournalSurgery Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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