Excellent results of cardiac surgery in patients with previous liver transplantation

Farzan Filsoufi, Parwis B. Rahmanian, Javier G. Castillo, Eva Karlof, Thomas D. Schiano, David H. Adams

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Cardiovascular diseases requiring surgical therapy in patients with prior liver transplantation are rare. Little is known about the outcome of patients with liver allograft undergoing cardiac surgery. Herein we report our experience in this patient population with an emphasis on operative outcomes and mid-term survival. Between January 1998 and December 2004, 12 patients (mean ± standard deviation age 68 ± 9 years, 7 [58%] male) with previous liver transplantation who underwent cardiac surgery were identified. Main outcome measures were hospital mortality, postoperative complications, allograft function, and long-term survival. There was no in-hospital mortality. Three major complications (25%) occurred, including 1 each (8%) of respiratory failure, renal failure, and biliary leakage. All complications were resolved by the time of discharge. Allograft dysfunction determined by an increase of liver function parameters was noticed in 4 (33%) and recovered before discharge. The average length of stay in intensive care unit was 72 ± 45 hours, and the mean length of stay in hospital was 22 ± 17 days. One- and 5-year survival was 91% ± 8% and 67% ± 14%, respectively. Cardiac surgery can be performed safely in liver transplant recipients with extremely low mortality and acceptable morbidities. Allograft dysfunction is a common finding, but it is transient, with early functional recovery. Five-year survival of liver recipients undergoing cardiac procedures is similar to that of the general population undergoing cardiac surgery. Our data suggest that these patients should be considered for cardiac surgery in reference centers with expertise in complex cardiac procedures and perioperative management of these highly specific patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1317-1323
Number of pages7
JournalLiver Transplantation
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2007


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