Soonchunhyang Med Sci.  2019 Dec;25(2):159-162. 10.0000/sms.2019.25.2.159.

Successful Management of Splenic Artery Steal Syndrome after Living Donor Liver Transplantation

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Bucheon, Korea. angevil@schmc.ac.kr

Abstract

Splenic artery steal syndrome (SASS) after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) has been recently described as hepatic artery hypoperfusion secondary to the portal hyperperfusion. It is an uncommon but serious complication of OLT. Left untreated, it leads to postoperative morbidity or graft loss. Herein we report the case of a 52-year-old female who suffered from SASS following living donor liver transplantation. She was diagnosed by angiography and successfully managed by splenic artery embolization. Splenic artery embolization for the treatment of SASS is a safe and effective modality.

Keyword

Hepatic artery; Splenic artery; Complication; Transplants

MeSH Terms

Angiography
Female
Hepatic Artery
Humans
Liver Transplantation*
Liver*
Living Donors*
Middle Aged
Splenic Artery*
Transplants
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