Outcomes of endoscopic therapy in donation after cardiac death liver transplant biliary strictures

Divyanshoo R. Kohli, M. E. Harrison, Tala Mujahed, Norio Fukami, Douglas O. Faigel, Rahul Pannala, Adyr Moss, Bashar A. Aqel

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Background: Biliary strictures after donation-after-cardiac-death (DCD) liver transplantation (LT) require multiple endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatographies (ERCP). The outcomes of endoscopic dilation and maximal stenting are not well-characterized in this high-risk population. Methods: DCD LT recipients who underwent LT and ERCP from 2012–2018 were selected. Anastomotic and non-anastomotic strictures were treated with balloon dilation and maximal stenting. A successful stent-free trial was defined as absence of biochemical, clinical or imaging evidence of strictures on follow-up exceeding 6 months. Adverse events were defined as unplanned admission or inpatient evaluation within 7 days of ERCP. Results: Forty-nine DCD LT recipients underwent ERCP and 34 patients were diagnosed with strictures (20 anastomotic). Stent-free trial was successful in 27 patients. Adverse events occurred after 20 ERCPs. Patients with anastomotic strictures required fewer stents (1.43 ± 1.37 vs 2.63 ± 1.66; P < 0.001), shorter procedure and fluoroscopy times (34.15 ± 20.9 vs 59.6 ± 30.7 minutes, P < 0.001; 5.99 ± 7.4 vs 14.73 ± 10.74 minutes, P < 0.001), fewer relapses (10% vs 57%, P = 0.003), shorter intervals between initial ERCP and stent-free success (136.9 ± 118.3 vs 399.56 ± 234.7; P = 0.003), and between LT and stent-free success (227.8 ± 171.9 vs 464.1 ± 224.6 days; P = 0.005) compared to non-anastomotic strictures. Conclusion: Endoscopic dilation and maximal stenting resolves biliary strictures in DCD LT recipients with sustained success and relatively few adverse events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)979-986
Number of pages8
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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