May 1990

Liver Transplantation for Polycystic Liver Disease

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, University Health Center of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh (Pa) School of Medicine, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Arch Surg. 1990;125(5):575-577. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1990.01410170021003

• Four female patients with severe complications of polycystic liver disease were treated with liver replacement; two patients were also given kidneys from their liver donors. All four of the patients were suffering from extreme fatigue. Three of the recipients have survived for 8, 11, and 60 months with normal liver function and present good health. The fourth patient recovered from a liver-kidney transplantation, but 5 months later, fulminant hepatic failure developed in this patient due to hepatitis B virus, and she died despite emergency hepatic retransplantation.

(Arch Surg. 1990;125:575-577)