Twenty-seven consecutive intestinal and multivisceral transplants in adult patients: A 4-year clinical experience

A. Lauro, F. Di Benedetto, M. Masetti, N. Cautero, G. Ercolani, M. Vivarelli, N. De Ruvo, M. Cescon, G. Varotti, A. Dazzi, A. Siniscalchi, B. Begliomini, L. Pironi, M. Di Simone, A. D'Errico, G. Ramacciato, G. Grazi, A. D. Pinna

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Adult isolated intestinal and multivisceral transplantation is gaining acceptance as the standard treatment for patients with intestinal failure with life-threatening parenteral nutrition-related complications. We report our 4-year experience with intestinal and multivisceral transplantation. We performed 20 isolated small bowel and seven multivisceral ones, including three with liver. The underlying diseases were mainly short bowel syndrome due to intestinal infarction, chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, and Gardner syndrome. Indications for transplant were loss of central venous access in 14 patients, recurrent sepsis in eight patients, and major electrolyte and fluid imbalance in five patients. One-year patient actuarial survival rate was 94% for isolated intestinal transplants and 42% for multivisceral recipients (P = .003), while 1-year graft actuarial survival rate was 88.4% for isolated small bowel patients and 42.8% for multivisceral ones (P = .01). The death rate was 18.5%. Our graftectomy rate was 14.8%. Our immunosuppressive protocols were based on induction agents such as alemtuzumab, daclizumab, and antithymocyte globulins. The majority of our complications were bacterial infections, followed by rejections and relaparotomies; most rejection episodes were treated with steroid boluses and tapering. We believe that our results were due to optimal candidate and donor selection, short ischemia time, and use of induction therapy. Multivisceral transplantation is a more complex procedure with less frequent clinical indications than isolated small bowel transplant, but our data concerning multivisceral transplants include only a small number of patients and require further evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2679-2681
Number of pages3
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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