Successful liver transplantation with continued dual antiplatelet therapy.
Summary of "Successful liver transplantation with continued dual antiplatelet therapy."
Background: Liver transplantation in patients with dual antiplatelet therapy is considered high-risk procedure due to possible bleeding complications. However, withdrawal of antiplatelet therapy can lead to major adverse cardiac events such as stent thrombosis and even fatal myocardial infarction. Case Report: We report on a 61-year-old male patient with nutritive toxic liver cirrhosis who underwent liver transplantation at our hospital in March 2010. Following two strokes he received secondary prophylaxis with aspirin and clopidogrel, which was continued at time of liver transplantation. The transplantation was performed successfully without withdrawal of the antiplatelet therapy. No cardiac event and no major bleeding complication occurred. Conclusions: This is, to our knowledge, the first report of a liver transplantation under dual antiplatelet therapy with aspirin and clopidogrel. It shows that even major procedures such as liver transplantation, with its associated high risk of surgical bleeding, can be safely performed with an appropriate risk.
Department of Visceral, Transplantation, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, University Hospital Leipzig, Germany.
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Name: Annals of transplantation : quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
End Stage Liver Disease
Final stage of a liver disease when the liver failure is irreversible and LIVER TRANSPLANTATION is needed.
The transference of a part of or an entire liver from one human or animal to another.
Conditions in which the LIVER functions fall below the normal ranges. Severe hepatic insufficiency may cause LIVER FAILURE or DEATH. Treatment may include LIVER TRANSPLANTATION.
Liver Abscess, Pyogenic
Single or multiple areas of PUS due to bacterial infection within the hepatic parenchyma. It can be caused by a variety of BACTERIA, local or disseminated from infections elsewhere such as in APPENDICITIS; CHOLECYSTITIS; PERITONITIS; and after LIVER TRANSPLANTATION.
Preparative treatment of transplant recipient with various conditioning regimens including radiation, immune sera, chemotherapy, and/or immunosuppressive agents, prior to transplantation. Transplantation conditioning is very common before bone marrow transplantation.
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