Surgical Complications Requiring an Early Relaparotomy in HIV-Infected Liver Transplant Recipients: Risk Factors and Impact on Survival

Riccardo Pravisani, Umberto Baccarani, Miriam Isola, Federico Mocchegiani, Andrea Lauterio, Elda Righi, Paolo Magistri, Vittorio Corno, Gian Luigi Adani, Dario Lorenzin, Stefano Di Sandro, Duilio Pagano, Matteo Bassetti, Salvatore Gruttadauria, Luciano De Carlis, Marco Vivarelli, Fabrizio Di Benedetto, Andrea Risaliti

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Aim: We aimed to analyze the risk factors for early surgical complications requiring relaparotomy and the related impact on overall survival (OS) in HIV-infected patients submitted to liver transplantation. Methods: We performed a retrospective study on a nationwide multicenter cohort of 157 HIV-infected patients submitted to liver transplantation in 6 Italian transplant units between 2004 to 2014. Results: The median preoperative model for end-stage liver disease score was 18 (interquartile range 12-26.5). An early relaparotomy was performed in 24.8% of patients, and the underlying clinical causes were biliary leak (8.2%), bleeding (8.2%), intestinal perforation (4.5%), and suspected vascular complications (3.8%). The OS at 1, 3, and 5 years was 74.3%, 68.0%, and 60.0%, respectively, and an early relaparotomy was not a prognostic factor itself, but an increasing number of relaparotomies was associated with decreased survival (hazard ratio = 1.40, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.07-1.81, P = .01). In the multivariate analysis, preoperative refractory ascites (odds ratio 3.32, 95% CI 1.18-6.47, P = .02) and Roux-en-Y choledochojejunostomy reconstruction (odds ratio 12.712, 95% CI 2.47-65.38, P ≤ .01) were identified as significant risk factors for early relaparotomy. Conclusions: In HIV-infected liver transplant recipients, an increasing number of early relaparotomies due to surgical complications did negatively affect the OS. Preoperative refractory ascites reflecting a severe portal hypertension and a difficult biliary tract reconstruction requiring a Roux-en-Y choledochojejunostomy were associated with an increased risk of early relaparotomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2977-2980
Number of pages4
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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