Case Report: Multivisceral Transplantation for an Extensive Cystic Lymphangioma of the Mesenteric Root

L. Moulin, C. Rumbo, P. Romero, N. Pedraza, D. Garcia Hervá, G. Orce, J. Trentadue, D. Ramisch, G. Gondolesi

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Background We report the case of a 7-year-old girl with intestinal failure owing to a cystic lymphangioma compromising the root of the mesentery, not amenable to resection, leading to intestinal failure. Oncologic treatment was attempted to reduce tumor size with no response; therefore, she was listed for multivisceral transplantation. Procedure Resection of the tumor required resection of all abdominal organs with vascular inflow and outflow. A multivisceral graft (liver, stomach, duodenum-pancreas and spleen complex, small bowel, and right colon) was implanted. For vascular reconstruction, donor's superior vena cava was sutured to the recipient's suprahepatic veins in a common patch. For arterial inflow, an arterial conduit was placed directly to the infrarenal aorta, and sutured to an aortic patch of the graft. Cold ischemia time was 8:45 hours; warm ischemia time was 35 minutes. A double-layer gastrogastric anastomosis and piloroplasty was made; and the distal reconstruction was performed with ileocolic side-to-end anastomosis that allowed to perform of a Bishop-Koop ileostomy for endoscopic monitoring. Outcome The patient recovered well after the procedure and was discharged 36 days after transplantation with intestinal sufficiency. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report describing cystic lymphangioma as an indication for multivisceral transplantation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-545
Number of pages3
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


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