Biliary complications following liver transplantation

Walid S. Ayoub, Carlos O. Esquivel, Paul Martin

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Abstract

The aphorism that reconstruction of the biliary anastomosis is the "Achilles heel" of liver transplantation remains valid as biliary complications following liver transplantation remain a major source of morbidity with an incidence of 5-32%. Biliary complications include biliary strictures, biliary leaks, and stones. Biliary strictures can be divided into anastomotic and non-anastomotic. The management of biliary complications previously relied on surgical intervention. However, advances in endoscopic and radiological interventions have resulted in less-invasive options. The management of biliary complications post-liver transplantation requires a multidisciplinary approach and continues to evolve. Biliary complications also reflect the continued expansion of the donor pool with extended, live, and non-heart beating donors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1540-1546
Number of pages7
JournalDigestive Diseases and Sciences
Volume55
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2010

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Keywords

  • Anastomotic strictures
  • Biliary complications
  • Bilomas
  • Liver transplantation
  • Non-anastomotic strictures
  • Stones

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  • Gastroenterology
  • Physiology

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Biliary complications following liver transplantation. / Ayoub, Walid S.; Esquivel, Carlos O.; Martin, Paul.

In: Digestive Diseases and Sciences, Vol. 55, No. 6, 01.06.2010, p. 1540-1546.

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Ayoub, Walid S. ; Esquivel, Carlos O. ; Martin, Paul. / Biliary complications following liver transplantation. In: Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 2010 ; Vol. 55, No. 6. pp. 1540-1546.
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