Huge extrahepatic portal vein aneurysm as a late complication of liver transplantation

Fabrizio di Francesco, Salvatore Gruttadauria, Settimo Caruso, Bruno Gridelli

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A 60-year-old male underwent orthotopic liver transplantation because of hepatitis C virus related cirrhosis. After 12 d, the patient underwent re-transplantation due to primary graft non function. One year later the patient developed a thrombosis of the main portal vein needing a surgical revision. After 11 years the patient was operated on because of a clinical picture of intestinal occlusion. As an incidental finding, a large aneurysm of the main portal vein was diagnosed. The incidence of intra- and extrahepatic Portal vein aneurysms (PVAs) is not clear. To the best of our knowledge, only one case of intrahepatic PVA in a liver transplant has been reported in the literature. In addition, we have found no documented cases of extrahepatic PVAs in liver transplanted patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-202
Number of pages2
JournalWorld Journal of Hepatology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Doppler ultrasound
  • Late complication
  • Liver transplantation
  • Portal hypertension
  • Portal vein aneurysm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology


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