Intra-hepatic Microdialysis is a new promising method for monitoring of postoperative complications such as liver ischemia, graft rejection, or cholangitis after liver transplantation.
Hepatic failure as a result of a malfunctioning graft is a life-threatening complication during the post-transplantation period. Early detection of impaired graft function due to arterial or portal vein thrombosis is especially important as this may enable surgical intervention.
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“Microdialysis provides the opportunity for simple, continuous monitoring of metabolic changes in the transplanted liver before they are detected in peripheral blood chemistry.”(Nowak G et al. Br J Surg. 2002; 89(9):1169-75)
“Bedside measurement of intrahepatic lactate and pyruvate detected ischemia and rejection earlier than current standard methods”
(Haugaa et al Liver Transpl, 2012 Mar doi:1210.1002/lt.23425)
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