Risk factors for early and late biliary complications in pediatric liver transplantation

Lüthold Samuel C., Kaseje Neema, Jannot Anne-Sophie, Mentha Gilles, Majno Pietro, Toso Christian, Belli Dominique C., McLin Valérie A., Wildhaber Barbara E.

BC are a common source of morbidity after pediatric LT. Knowledge about risk factors may help to reduce their incidence. Retrospective analysis of BC in 116 pediatric patients (123 LT) (single institution, 05/1990-122011, medium follow-up 7.9 yr). One-, five-, and 10-yr survival was 91.1%, no patient died of BC. Prevalence and risk factors for anastomotic and intrahepatic BC were examined. There were 29 BC in 123 LT (23.6%), with three main categories: 10 (8.1%) primary anastomotic strictures, eight (6.5%) anastomotic leaks, and three (2.4%) intrahepatic strictures. Significant risk factors for anastomotic leaks were total operation time (increase 1.26-fold) and early HAT (<30 days post-LT; increase 5.87-fold). Risk factor for primary anastomotic stricture was duct-to-duct choledochal anastomosis (increase 5.96-fold when compared to biliary-enteric anastomosis). Risk factors for intrahepatic strictures were donor age >48 yr (increase 1.09-fold) and MELD score >30 (increase 1.2-fold). To avoid morbidity from anastomotic BC in pediatric LT, the preferred biliary anastomosis appears to be biliary-enteric. Operation time should be kept to a minimum, and HAT must by all means be prevented. Children with a high MELD score or receiving livers from older donors are at increased risk for intrahepatic strictures.

2014. Pediatr Transplant; 18(8):822-830
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