published: 27.09.2013, 11:20 | updated: 27.09.2013 11:31:29
Prague - Doctors from the Prague-seated Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM) were recently the first in the Czech Republic, and possibly also in the world, to successfully divide a donor´s liver between two adult patients, IKEM spokeswoman Veronika Velcova told CTK today.
The doctors performed the transplant at night to Monday. The liver was given to a young married couple fatally poisoned by death cap, a toxic mushroom.
Up to now, a donor´s liver has always been divided to save one adult and one child patient. This has been done in five cases in IKEM so far.
"Most probably, no other clinic in the world has made a similar operation, the division of a liver between two adults, who urgently needed a transplant after poisoning," Velcova said.
The necessary partial operations took a whole day, and the transplant itself took 12 hours.
"Now, four days later, the couple are doing well. The transplanted liver started to work and the two can be expected to survive the poisoning," Velcova said.
They would not have survived till Monday morning if it had not been for the transplant.
The treating of the young woman was the more demanding that her blood group was incompatible with the donor´s. That is why the doctors had to prepare her immunologically, i.e. remove her antibodies. Without the step, her organism would have rejected the new liver and she would have died, said Jiri Fronek, head physician of IKEM´s transplant surgery clinic.
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