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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Surgeons at WVU Medication carried out the state’s first liver explant for tumor resection and liver autotransplant — a really uncommon process that requires a multi-disciplinary crew of coronary heart and liver transplant surgeons to take care of one affected person. The process is just obtainable at a small variety of tutorial medical facilities in the US.
The affected person, Douglas “Mike” Logsdon, a 67-year-old from Hyndman, Pennsylvania, had a really uncommon type of most cancers referred to as a leiomyosarcoma. He sought take care of delicate ache in his aspect and again when his tumor was found by way of superior testing at WVU Medication.
The leiomyosarcoma was on the inside wall of Logsdon’s vena cava, the main vein bringing blood from the decrease physique to the center. The venae cavae are two giant veins (nice vessels) that return deoxygenated blood to the center from the higher and decrease elements of the physique. The superior vena cava and the inferior vena cava each empty into the appropriate atrium of the center. They’re positioned barely off-center, towards the appropriate aspect of the physique.
Within the decrease physique, the inferior vena cava runs behind and is hooked up to the liver. Logsdon’s tumor was positioned instantly beneath his coronary heart and partially blocked the inferior vena cava, because it concerned the again of the liver itself. There was no solution to take away the tumor with out eradicating the liver itself.
The whole excision of the tumor and the restoration or re-routing of the circulation required a novel collaboration of two extremely specialised WVU Medication surgical groups. Wallis Marsh, M.D., Roberto Lopez-Solis, M.D., and Carl Schmidt, M.D., liver surgeons with the WVU Most cancers Institute, collaborated with Vinay Badhwar, M.D., and Lawrence Wei, M.D., coronary heart surgeons with the WVU Coronary heart and Vascular Institute, in an operation that took roughly 9 hours to finish.
Dr. Badhwar positioned Logsdon on the heart-lung machine, or cardiopulmonary bypass. Dr. Marsh eliminated all the liver and the portion of the inferior vena cava that contained the tumor (ex-vivo). With the liver out of the physique and in ice, Drs. Marsh, Lopez-Solis, and Schmidt started the ex-vivo elimination of the tumor that was invading the again of the liver.
In the meantime, Drs. Badhwar and Wei carried out an operation to switch the inferior vena to revive the power of blood from the decrease physique to empty straight into the appropriate aspect of the center. Then, the groups needed to discover a solution to reconnect the particular veins of the liver to the center.
The hepatic veins are blood vessels that return low-oxygen blood from the liver again to the center. Nonetheless, a big portion of the hepatic veins and the encompassing tissue needed to be eliminated to totally resect the tumor. So, each groups then collaborated to stitch specifically constructed grafts from the hepatic veins popping out of the liver and join them straight into the center. They then re-implanted the remainder of Logsdon’s liver and vessels in a process referred to as, autotransplantation.
There have been no issues, and the affected person has made a wonderful restoration. He was discharged Wednesday, Oct. 20, after solely 5 days within the hospital.
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