Choice of Partial Splenic Embolization Technique in Liver Transplant Recipients Correlates with Risk of Infectious Complications

M. A. Elfeki, R. Paz-Fumagalli, A. M. Tiemeier, Surakit Pungpapong, D. M. Sella, G. T. Frey, K. R. Musto, Justin H Nguyen, Denise Harnois

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Background Complications of cirrhosis may persist after liver transplantation. When indicated, partial splenic embolization (PSE) is an alternative to splenectomy but can cause severe infection. The identification of modifiable risk factors when performing PSE in immunocompromised liver transplant recipients may help reduce the risk of severe infection. Methods Data were collected retrospectively for all PSE performed after liver transplantation at a single institution and included demographics, etiology of liver disease, indication for PSE, vaccination status, laboratory findings, procedural details, extent and pattern of splenic infarction, hospital length-of-stay, readmissions, procedural complications, and mortality. Statistical analysis included 2-tailed t test, Fisher exact test, and Kaplan-Meier survival curves, with significance defined as P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2932-2938
Number of pages7
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation

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