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Liver transplant without stopping blood circulation, first time in Italy

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Liver transplant without stopping blood circulation, first time in Italy

It was performed, for the first time in Italy, at the organ transplant center of the San Martino Polyclinic Hospital, directed by Dr. Enzo Andorno, the transplant of a liver, without interrupting the blood circulation within it. It was a life-saving transplant in which the organ, to best preserve its function, never stopped receiving blood during its passage from donor to recipient.

The surgery was performed on January 8th and the patient was discharged after three weeks. During the transplant operation, which had never been performed before, the liver remained constantly supplied with blood and at the same temperature, from the time it was removed until it was reimplanted, with important advantages during and after the operating phase.

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The innovative technique, also performed thanks to the use of an organ perfusion machine, has proven effective not only in reducing the possibility that the organ will suffer damage during the removal or transplant phase, but also in guaranteeing a better preservation of all its characteristics with immediate resumption of its function in the receiver.

Out of intensive care after 72 hours

The beneficiary was a young woman who, 72 hours after the end of the operation, thanks to the immediate recovery of the function of the new liver, was able to leave the Intensive Care Unit a few days after the operation and was then discharged from the hospital in 20 days “The donor was obese and his liver was steatotic, a very fragile type and particularly sensitive to interruption of the blood circulation – explains Andorno – if we had followed the conventional method of cold preservation by interrupting the blood circulation, the liver would not have resumed its function on the receiver”,

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