Analysis of surgical and perioperative complications in seventy-five right hepatectomies for living donor liver transplantation

Salvatore Gruttadauria, James Wallis Marsh, Giovan Battista Vizzini, Fabrizio di Francesco, Angelo Luca, Riccardo Volpes, Amadeo Marcos, Bruno Gridelli

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Aim: To present an analysis of the surgical and perioperative complications in a series of seventy-five right hepatectomies for living-donation (RHLD) performed in our center. Methods: From January 2002 to September 2007, we performed 75 RHLD, defined as removal of a portion of the liver corresponding to Couinaud segments 5-8, in order to obtain a graft for adult to adult living-related liver transplantation (ALRLT). Surgical complications were stratified according to the most recent version of the Clavien classification of postoperative surgical complications. The perioperative period was defined as within 90 d of surgery. Results: No living donor mortality was present in this series, no donor operation was aborted and no donors received any blood transfusion. Twenty-three (30.6%) living donors presented one or more episodes of complication in the perioperative period. Seven patients (9.33%) out of 75 developed biliary complications, which were the most common complications in our series. Conclusion: The need to define, categorize and record complications when healthy individuals, such as living donors, undergo a major surgical procedure, such as a right hepatectomy, reflects the need for prompt and detailed reports of complications arising in this particular category of patient. Perioperative complications and post resection liver regeneration are not influenced by anatomic variations or patient demographic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3159-3164
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - May 28 2008


  • Living-related liver transplantation
  • Right hepatectomy
  • Surgery
  • Surgical complications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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