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January 1991

Combined Hepatic and Vena Caval Resection With Autogenous Caval Graft Replacement

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY.

Arch Surg. 1991;126(1):106-108. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1991.01410250114020

• Right-sided and caudate hepatic lobectomy with resection of the retrohepatic vena cava were performed in a 34-year-old woman with recurrent adrenal carcinoma. The vena cava was replaced with a graft constructed from autogenous superficial femoral vein. Included herein is a review of the literature detailing the three previously reported cases of combined hepatic and caval resection; to our knowledge, there are no prior reports of the use of an autogenous vein graft in this setting. With surgical and anesthetic techniques, including total vascular exclusion of the liver and venovenous bypass, methods that were developed in large part through experience in liver transplantation, this type of surgery can be performed with a high rate of success.

(Arch Surg. 1991;126:106-108)