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Vascular invasion of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a major risk factor for poor outcome after liver transplantation (LT). The aim of this retrospective analysis was to assess the value of preoperative positron emission tomography (PET) using (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) in liver transplant candidates with HCC for predicting microvascular tumor(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate efficacy of a long-term antiviral maintenance therapy (AMT) with interferon-alpha2b and ribavirin in liver transplant recipients with recurrent hepatitis C. METHODS Twenty-one patients with recurrent hepatitis C after liver transplantation received AMT with interferon and ribavirin, following 12(More)
The aim of this study was to analyze the impact of virological response to long-term antiviral therapy using interferon plus ribavirin on survival of 30 liver transplant patients with recurrent hepatitis C. Mean treatment duration is currently 46 months (range: 3-144 months). Sustained clearance of serum hepatitis C virus RNA was achieved in 18 patients(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to analyze the influence of cyclosporine A (CsA) taper in conjunction with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) therapy on recurrent hepatitis C virus (HCV) in liver transplant patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Nineteen liver recipients with serologically and morphologically confirmed recurrent HCV were included in this study.(More)
BACKGROUND Ischemia/reperfusion injury after liver transplantation (LT) may be associated with primary graft dysfunction (PDF) or non-function. Prostaglandins were demonstrated to be beneficial in reducing ischemic injury by improving microcirculation and protecting endothelial cells. The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of the continuously(More)
We report the case of a 39-year-old woman with ileus resulting from a small bowel incarceration underneath the right common iliac artery. The patient had a history of a radical trachelectomy with laparoscopic pelvic lymphadenectomy ("Dargent's operation") for cervical carcinoma. After dissection of the iliac vessels, a small bowel loop could slide(More)
BACKGROUND Liver graft dysfunction can deteriorate to complete organ failure and increases perioperative morbidity and mortality after liver transplantation. Therapeutic strategies reducing the rate of graft dysfunction are of current clinical relevance. One approach is the systemic application of prostaglandins, which were demonstrated to be beneficial in(More)
We report about our experience with combined en-bloc liver-pancreas transplantation in 14 patients with liver cirrhosis and insulin dependent type 2 diabetes mellitus. Exocrine drainage was achieved by duodeno-duodenostomy. Median posttransplant follow-up is currently 92.5 months. All patients were rendered independent from insulin therapy shortly after(More)
For a long time, it was considered medical malpractice to neglect the blood group system during transplantation. Because there are far more patients waiting for organs than organs available, a variety of attempts have been made to transplant AB0-incompatible (AB0i) grafts. Improvements in AB0i graft survival rates have been achieved with immunosuppression(More)