The objective of the study was to analyze computed tomography (CT) appearance and clinical features of adjacent-organ injuries related to expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) grafts after living-donor liver transplantation (LDLT).
We evaluated follow-up CT images of 204 patients who underwent venoplasty with ePTFE during LDLT and encountered 4 patients (1.96%) with adjacent-organ injuries related to ePTFE. Clinical imaging records were reviewed in terms of imaging findings and possible risk factors.
In 3 patients, ePTFE graft perforated gastric antrum or duodenal bulb; in another patient, the common bile duct was injured. The mean interval between transplantation and identification of injury was 30 months. In patients with adjacent-organ injuries, biliary or perihepatic interventional treatments, adhesion of bowel and early occlusion of ePTFE grafts were commonly observed.
Adjacent-organ injuries by ePTFE graft after LDLT were rare but present. Interventional procedures, adhesion of the bowel wall and early occlusion of the grafts were possible risk factors.
From the *Department of Radiology and †Center for Liver Cancer, Research Institute and Hospital, National Cancer Center, Goyang-si; ‡Department of Radiology and Institute of Radiation Medicine and §Department of Surgery, Seoul National University College of Medicine; ∥Department of Radiology, Seoul Metropolitan Government/Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center; and Departments of ¶Radiology and #Surgery, Seoul St Mary's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Received for publication March 7, 2011; accepted June 3, 2011.
Reprints: Joon-Il Choi, MD, PhD, Department of Radiology, Seoul St Mary's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, 505 Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, 137-701, Seoul, Republic of Korea (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The authors report no conflicts of interest.