, Volume 35, Issue 12, pp 1087-1091

Improved Quality of Life and Unchanged Magnetic Resonance Brain Imaging After Living Donor Liver Transplantation for Late-Onset Ornithine Transcarbamylase Deficiency: Report of a Case

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We report the case of a 7-year-old girl with ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency whose quality of life (QOL) improved greatly after a living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency had been diagnosed when she was 2 years old and she finally underwent LDLT, with her father as the donor, when she was 7 years old. The patient had suffered episodes of hyperammonemic encephalopathy ranging from lethargy to coma, treated by hemodialysis twice before LDLT, and her intelligence quotient was borderline for her age. Preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed an atrophic area in the subcortical white matter of the frontal lobe. After LDLT, the patient suffered acute rejection with hyperamylasemia, but not hyperammonemia. Postoperative MRI and quantitative MR spectroscopy showed no changes in the subcortical lesion. She has been followed up carefully for 16 months and has had no further complications or any sign of hyperammonemia.