Duodenum–Stomach Anastomosis: a New Technique for Exocrine Drainage in Pancreas Transplantation
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Poor vascular access due to previous surgery can be a major obstacle in pancreas transplantation for which new exocrine and vascular outflow techniques might be useful. A 34-year-old female with early onset type 1 diabetes who underwent living donor kidney transplantation 20 years ago and a failed pancreas transplantation 2 years ago presented for pancreas retransplantation.
The inferior vena cava was used in the previous deceased donor pancreas transplantation and both iliac arteries had intense perivascular fibrosis, making arterial anastomosis impossible. The only remaining option for the implant was the infrarenal aorta, with venous drainage to the superior mesenteric vein and exocrine drainage to the gastric antrum
The patient had an uneventful recovery and graft function appeared normal. This report shows that when the recipient’s abdominal cavity does not provide clear access for the usual surgical techniques regarding exocrine drainage, the stomach drainage procedure is an option.
Duodenum–stomach anastomosis might be an alternative to portal enteric drainage because there is easy access for graft biopsies and even for procedures involving the papilla major.
KeywordsIliac Artery Venous Drainage Superior Mesenteric Vein Pancreas Transplantation Live Donor Kidney Transplantation
The authors gratefully acknowledge Rosaria Ramirez and Sonia Juvenal for their secretarial work and help with the manuscript.
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