Liver abscess developed after cadaveric liver transplantation due to ligation of an accessory right hepatic artery of the donor graft

Young Dong Yu, Dong Sik Kim, Geon Young Byun, Sung Ock Suh

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It is important that extrahepatic arteries are identified precisely at the time of graft procurement. We present a case where the accessory right hepatic artery of the liver was ligated leading to postoperative liver abscess formation in the liver graft. A forty- seven-year-old female patient diagnosed with liver cirrhosis underwent orthotopic cadaveric liver transplantation due to altered mentality. The donor graft showed a variant of the hepatic artery anatomy where an accessory right hepatic artery arose from the superior mesenteric artery. This artery was accidentally transected during procurement. Since the back bleeding test using perfusion fluid was good, the artery was ligated. Postoperative abdominal computed tomography scan revealed a 6 cm low attenuating lesion in the liver. The patient underwent conservative treatment. We believe that even small accessory arteries (1 to 2 mm) should be reconstructed whenever possible to avoid postoperative complications such as liver abscess.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-249
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Korean Surgical Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct 1



  • Hepatic artery
  • Liver abscess
  • Liver transplantation
  • Postoperative complications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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