Intensive therapy for fulminant hepatic failure: Importance of co-operation between physicians of internal medicine and transplantation surgery

Yoshiyuki Yamagishi, Hidetsugu Saito, Motohide Shimadu, Ken Hoshino, Hisashi Kobayashi, Nobuhiro Nakamoto, Yoshinori Horie, Shinzo Kato, Yasuhide Morikawa, Masaki Kitajima, Hiromasa Ishii

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We followed up the patients with fulminant hepatic failure who admitted in our hospital and investigated clinical problems raised in the patients who underwent living-related liver transplantation (LRLT). Among 15 patients with fulminant hepatic failure 6 were managed without LRLT and 3 patients survived, and the survival rate was 50%. Other 9 patients received LRLT. and 2 of these 9 died with their complications after the transplantation. Thus the survival rate by LRLT in fulminant hepatic failure was 77.8%. Brain CT scan examination showed severe brain edema in a patient and the edema did not improve after LRLT. Another patient suffered from development of fungal infection in her lungs after LRLT. We suspected the presence of subclinical infection in the preoperation period. The recovery from brain edema and the existence of sub-clinical infection are mostly difficult to evaluate but are very important for obtaining a good output. These results suggest that LRLT is a promising procedure for treatment of fulminant hepatic failure but a close cooperation between physicians of internal medicine and transplantation surgery from preoperative management until postoperative period is necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1205-1212
Number of pages8
JournalJapanese Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Oct 1


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  • Gastroenterology

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