Successful surgical salvage of partial pancreatic allograft thrombosis

M. A. Maraschio, L. K. Kayler, R. M. Merion, S. M. Rudich, J. D. Punch, J. C. Magee, D. A. Campbell, Juan D. Arenas

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Background. Venous thrombosis remains an important cause of pancreatic graft loss. Nevertheless, reports are scarce of treatment alternatives to complete graft removal. We describe a case of surgical salvage of a partial pancreatic graft thrombosis. Methods. We used descriptive retrospective analysis. Results. A 36-year-old patient with juvenile-onset diabetes mellitus and previous living related renal transplant received a cadaveric pancreas transplant in the right iliac fossa with enteric exocrine drainage and standard vascular anastomosis. Two days after discharge from the hospital, he presented with severe right upper quadrant pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, and leukocytosis. He was taken to the operating room for exploration. The tail of the pancreas, which was kinked under the gallbladder, was necrotic and excised. The remainder of the pancreas looked normal. The patient recovered well from surgery and was discharged home 7 days later. Conclusions. Partial pancreatectomy is an acceptable surgical alternative for incomplete graft thrombosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1491-1493
Number of pages3
JournalTransplantation proceedings
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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