Hungarian Radiology

[Balloon dilatation and metallic stent placement in inferior vena cava stenosis complicating liver transplantation]

DOROS Attila1, NÉMETH Andrea1, HARTMANN Erika1, DEÁK Pál Ákos1, FEHÉRVÁRI Imre1, TÓTH Szabolcs1, NEMES Balázs1, KÓBORI László1

JULY 15, 2009

Hungarian Radiology - 2009;83(02)

[INTRODUCTION - The only successful therapy for end stage liver cirrhosis is liver transplantation. The anastomotic stenosis of the inferior vena cava is rare but serious complication. In these cases surgery is a high risk procedure; therefore interventional radiological methods are recommended. PATIENTS AND METHODS - Eleven patients developed 12 caval stenosis from 365 liver transplant recipients in Budapest. One of the patients had caval stenosis again after retransplantation. Dilatation was performed with 10- 25 mm large balloon catheters in 6 cases and 6 metallic stents (12-24 mm in diameter) were implanted. All the procedures were performed via the common femoral vein. RESULTS - The success of the intervention was measured by the morphological results, clinical signs and by the changes of superior-inferior vena cava pressure gradients. Before the intervention 14 Hgmm mean pressure gradient was measured, which decreased to 8 Hgmm post intervention. Eleven patients developed renal insufficiency before treatment; this was reversible in 6 cases. One patient had impaired renal function before treatment, and later on again, after retransplantation. Three of 4 patients with renal insufficiency died in the post operative period. One stent migration was noticed prompting surgical fixation of the stent. CONCLUSION - Inferior vena cava stenosis represents a serious complication after liver transplantation, causing ascites, hydrothorax and venous congestion in the kidneys and the liver. In the critical post operative period surgery is not recommended, risking the viability of the liver and the life of the patient. Interventional radiology with balloon dilatation and stent implantation is the method of choice in these cases, primary stenting with large self expanding metallic stents is necessary in elastic stenosis caused by torsion of the anastomosis.]


  1. Semmelweis Egyetem, Budapest, Transzplantációs és Sebészeti Klinika



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