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Medic-All Liver Transplant Center, Kaohsiung CGMH 〉 Liver Transplantation for Infants

Liver Transplantation for Infants

Liver Transplantation for Infants

The team has developed microsurgical techniques to reduce blood loss during liver transplant to less than 100 ml, thus significantly enhancing the safety of the donated liver, and ensuring the world's highest recipient survival rate.

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Overview
Kaohsiung CGMH Liver Transplant Center's director Dr. Chen Chao-long completed Taiwan and Asia's first successful liver transplant in 1984. The Center's team plays a leading role in pre-transplant downstage therapy, including hepatic artery embolization, radiofrequency ablation or partial liver resection, ensuring that patients are fully compliant with transplant standards prior to surgery. The team has developed a number of innovative technical and strategic improvements including vein graft angioplasty, hepatic vein angioplasty, hepatic vein selection strategies, prevention strategies for neonatal hepatitis B, innovative technologies for addressing portal vein thrombosis, and the development of microsurgical techniques to reduce blood loss during liver transplant to less than 100 ml, thus significantly enhancing the safety of the donated liver, reducing surgical complications in living donors, and ensuring the world's highest recipient survival rate.
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The team has developed microsurgical techniques to reduce blood loss during liver transplant to less than 100 ml, thus significantly enhancing the safety of the donated liver, and ensuring the world's highest recipient survival rate.

Case 1
Mother’s liver donation saves Guatemalan baby with bile duct obstruction
A seven-month-old baby from Guatemala was suffering from bile duct obstruction leading to cirrhosis. Using liver tissue from the baby’s mother, the surgical team needed to preserve all secondary blood vessels (including the hepatic artery, portal vein, blood vessels and bile duct). The complex ten-hour reconstruction surgery went smoothly, and marked Taiwan’s first living donor liver transplant.
 
Case 2
Liver transplant saves the life of a baby with congenital biliary artresia
A 9-month-old baby from northeast China was suffering from congenital biliary atresia, along with severe jaundice, cirrhosis of the liver and coagulation defects and had nearly died several times. She was brought to Taiwan for a 13-hour surgery in which she received a transplant of 296g from the left lobe of her mother’s liver, saving her life.
 
【Case 3】
World’s first liver donation from a pregnant woman saves her daughter’s life
18 weeks pregnant and under light anesthesia, a woman donated 220 g from her left liver lobe to her two-year-old girl dying from biliary atresia and cirrhosis. The surgery went smoothly with blood loss of only 40ml, and the pregnancy was successfully carried to term, marking the world’s first instance of a liver transplant from a pregnant living donor.
 
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