Liver transplant in a patient with a ventriculoperitoneal shunt

Elisa Faybush, David C. Mulligan, Barry D. Birch, Joseph I. Sirven, Vijayan Balan

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There are no published accounts of patients with ventriculoperitoneal shunts undergoing liver transplantation in the literature. Because patients with ventriculoperitoneal shunts are prone to infections, this may be a theoretical contraindication to transplantation. We present a case of a patient with cirrhosis who had a ventriculoperitoneal shunt placed many years prior to transplantation. The patient had no neurological complications and the shunt was intact and functioning. Prior to transplantation, the patient underwent a ventriculoperitoneal to ventriculopleural shunt conversion that was reversed posttransplantation. Apart from some minor complications, the patient has done remarkably well from a graft and neurological perspective. In conclusion, patients who have ventriculoperitoneal shunts may be considered for liver transplantation as the risk of infectious and neurological complications is low and there are no deleterious effects on graft survival.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)467-468
Number of pages2
JournalLiver Transplantation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Hepatology
  • Transplantation


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