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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 127-130

Fast tracking in adult living donor liver transplantation: A case series of 15 patients


1 Department of Liver Transplant and GI Anesthesia, Medanta-The Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
2 Medanta Institute of Liver Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine, Medanta-The Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

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Dr. Pooja Bhangui
Department of Liver Transplant and GI Anesthesia, Medanta-The Medicity, Sector 38, Gurgaon - 122 001, Delhi NCR, Haryana
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ija.IJA_566_17

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Background and Aims: Fast tracking (FT) for more efficacious use of resources may be difficult after living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) due to a partial liver graft, complex vascular anastomoses and longer operating time. Our study was aimed at reporting our experience with FT (on table extubation) in LDLT recipients. A secondary objective of our study was to look at defining a subgroup of patients who could be prospectively planned for FT. Methods: We studied the demographics and outcomes of 15 LDLT recipients extubated immediately in the operating suite based on an uneventful intraoperative course, haemodynamic stability after graft reperfusion and improvement of metabolic parameters post-implantation and vascular anastomoses. Results: Twelve recipients were males, and mean age, body mass index (BMI) and Model for End Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score were 43 ± 12 years, 23 ± 3 kg/m2 and 15.5 ± 6, respectively, most were Child–Turcotte–Pugh Class B. Diabetes and hypothyroidism were present in 1 and 2 patients, respectively. Post-extubation, none required immediate re-intubation and one patient needed non-invasive ventilation for 2 h. Conclusion: Fast tracked recipients were young, with a low BMI, low MELD scores, minimal comorbidities and good immediate graft function post-reperfusion.


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