Feasibility assessment for tailoring preservation of segment VIII hepatic vein during left liver graft procurement

Shin Hwang, Sung Gyu Lee, Tae Yong Ha, Chul Soo Ahn, Kwang Min Park, Ki Hun Kim, Deok Bog Moon, Gi Won Song, Dong Sik Kim, Jae Pil Jung

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Background/Aims: Procurement of left lobe (LL) graft occasionally induces large-sized hepatic venous congestion (HVC) at the remnant right liver. Isolated preservation of segment VIII vein (V8) could reduce this HVC, but it has been applied to only a small number of living donor operations to date. Methodology: We investigated the indication of tailoring V8 preservation through the anatomical analyses and computer simulation in a large-volume donor pool. After setting up its surgical technique in 3 donor cases, we analyzed the liver anatomy of 147 LL graft donors. Results: We regarded the first anatomical condition as direct convergence of a large V8 branch on middle hepatic vein root, by which 27 livers were selected. The second was absence of complex hepatic vein branching at the graft cutting line, and 4 livers were excluded. The third was relatively large-sized HVC more than 35% of right lobe volume, and 11 livers were additionally excluded. Finally, 12 (8.2%) of 147 were left after 3-step selection processes. V8 preservation was estimated to reduce the total amount of HVC by 40%. Conclusions: We think that tailoring V8 preservation seems to be indicated for 8.2% of LL graft donor livers according to the 3 anatomical conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)928-932
Number of pages5
Issue number72
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Nov
Externally publishedYes


  • Donor safety
  • Hepatic venous congestion
  • Left lobe graft
  • Middle hepatic vein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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