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September 1985

Combined Cadaveric Hepatic and Renal Organ Procurement in InfantsTechnique for Salvage of All Organs

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Urological Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh.

Arch Surg. 1985;120(9):1084-1085. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390330090020

• The recent improved success with solid organ transplantation has made multiple-organ procurement from single cadaveric donors a more frequent procedure. The techniques for team procurement have resulted in excellent posttransplant organ function with minimal organ waste. In 12% of the population the right hepatic artery arises from the superior mesenteric artery. When this occurs in an infant or small pediatric combined kidney-liver donor, the aorta is divided below the superior mesenteric artery. Our method salvages the kidneys from these donors for en bloc transplantation without jeopardizing the liver for transplant.

(Arch Surg 1985;120:1084-1085)