An anomaly of the left hepatic vein was discovered in a deceased donor for whole liver transplantation. This vein was attached by a thin bridge of tissue to the suprahepatic inferior vena cava cuff, which received the right and middle hepatic vein in a common trunk. The left hepatic vein and the common trunk drained together into the right atrium. The thin bridge of tissue connecting the 2 independent vessels was severed, and ex situ reduction of the left lateral segments was using a harmonic scalpel. Although a graft with reduced size is not ideal, ex situ reduction should be considered a valuable option when viability of the left lateral segments is uncertain in the donor or at the back table.
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2010|
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