Although intra-operative hyaluronic acid (HA) clearance has been reported to be a predictive parameter for early graft function after the implantation of a cadaveric hepatic graft, it has yet to be evaluated as a parameter in assessing graft function in living related liver transplantation. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether intra-operative HA clearance can be a predictive parameter of early graft function in living related liver transplant patients. Eight consecutive patients, who underwent a living related liver transplantation, were entered into the study. The HA clearance 180 min after reperfusion of the graft was evaluated. Significantly higher serum HA levels were found in the patients with fulminant hepatitis than in the patients with non-fulminant hepatitis before operation (P < 0.01), just before reperfusion (P < 0.01), and 180 min after reperfusion (P < 0.05). The HA clearance correlated with the peak total bilirubin within 5 postoperative days (P < 0.05) and the lactic acid one day after operation (P < 0.01). The intra-operative HA clearance serves as a sensitive parameter for assessing the postoperative graft function after the implantation of the new liver. Based on our findings, measuring the HA clearance was thus found to be clinically useful in the assessment of graft function in living related liver transplantation.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 1999|
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