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Liver transplantation anaesthesia 

Liver transplantation anaesthesia
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Liver transplantation anaesthesia
Author(s):

RM Planinsic

, IA Hilmi

, and T Sakai

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199583386.003.0015
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date: 05 July 2020

Chapter 15 covers liver transplantation anaesthesia, and addresses the numerous advances made in caring for patients with end-stage liver disease undergoing liver transplantation. Improved surgical technique, along with advances in anaesthesia care, have allowed this once experimental procedure to become life saving, with 1-year survival of > 75 % in most patients. There remain, however, several issues in the field of liver transplantation anaesthesia that require a special understanding so as to optimize anaesthetic care of these patients. This section attempts to review a few of the landmark papers in liver transplantation anaesthesia that still have relevance today. Topics of continued interest and debate in the field, and addressed in this chapter, include coagulation issues, post-reperfusion syndrome, hepatopulmonary syndrome, portopulmonary hypertension, fulminant hepatic failure, and renal issues in liver transplantation.

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