Living-donor Liver Transplant in 3 Patients With Budd-Chiari Syndrome: Case Report
Ulusoy, Onur Levent
Dogusoy, Gulen Bulbul
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Budd-Chiari syndrome is a rare but life-threatening disorder characterized by obstruction of the hepatic venous outflow. Treatment depends on the underlying cause, the location, and extent of the obstruction, and the functional capacity of the liver. A stepwise therapeutic approach is commonly accepted. When all other therapy options are unsuccessful, or in case of end-stage liver disease, transplant should be considered. We present case reports of 3 patients with Budd-Chiari syndrome who underwent living-donor liver transplant. Characteristic features of Budd-Chiari syndrome, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, complications, and overall outcomes are discussed. We believe that when a deceased donor graft is unavailable, a living-donor liver transplant can be a safe option for patients with end-stage liver disease associated with Budd-Chiari syndrome.