Beneficial use of the round ligament as a patch graft for vena cava reconstruction

Toru Ikegami, Mitsuo Shimada, Satoru Imura, Yuji Morine, Hirofumi Kanemura, Hiroki Mori, Yusuke Arakawa, Jun Hanaoka

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Background/Purpose: The availability of an appropriate vascular graft is a significant concern in an extensive hepatic resection with part of the vena cava. Methods/Results: The patient had multinodular hepatocellular carcinoma, occupying the whole posterior segment with a tumor thrombus bulging inside the vena cava. At laparotomy, a segment of the round ligament was procured for use as a patch graft. After the mobilization of the right-side liver without taking down the short hepatic veins, parenchymal resection was completed with the use of a hanging maneuver. The hepatic vena cava was semitotally side-clamped, followed by resection of the caval wall with the tumor thrombus, resulting in an en-bloc resection. The procured round ligament was opened, trimmed, and sutured to the vena cava as a patch graft, followed by smooth reperfusion. Conclusions: The use of an opened round ligament as a venous patch graft is an easy and feasible technique in patch reconstruction of the vena cava.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-584
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Hepatology


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