Liver transplantation following hepatic artery avulsion in a
Journal of Surgical Case Reports, Volume 2019, Issue 4, April 2019, rjz063 presents the case of a 37-year-old male with multiple traumas after falling from the third floor of a building. He was hemodynamically unstable upon arrival at the emergencies department, with no improvement on administration of aggressive fluid therapy. A Echo-FAST exam evidenced fluid in all quadrants, so the patient was transferred to the operating room where a 4-litre hemoperitoneum secondary to total avulsion of the proper hepatic artery was observed.

The patient required massive transfusion and vasoactive drugs, with instability throughout the intervention; therefore, we decided to ligate the proper hepatic artery. Hepatic dysfunction and diffuse IC with multiple episodes of recurrent cholangitis were observed during the postoperative period. Given the irreversible clinical picture, we opted for a liver transplant 70 days after the patient’s initial admission. The patient died on Day 34 post-transplant due to irreversible ischemic brain damage and a right occipital hemorrhage.

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