Suprahepatic circumcaval ring: CT finding after orthotopic liver transplantation.
A suprahepatic circumcaval ring or arc was noted on computed tomographic (CT) scans in 20 of 37 patients who had undergone 42 orthotopic liver transplantations. The patients were divided into two groups, depending on the presence or absence of this finding. The amounts of blood products transfused intraoperatively and the levels of serum calcium, phosphate, and calcium phosphate product after transplantation were determined for each group. Liver graft function was evaluated on the basis of postoperative levels of serum bilirubin, albumin, and aminotransferase. The levels of serum calcium and calcium phosphate product were higher in patients with the circumcaval ring. This group had received substantially more fresh frozen plasma and platelets at surgery. There was no difference in liver graft function between the two groups. In one case, pathologic examination demonstrated calcification within circumcaval fibrotic tissue. A suprahepatic circumcaval ring is a common finding at CT performed after liver transplantation and is probably related to elevated perioperative serum calcium levels and tissue injury. Surgeons should be made aware of this finding before performing repeat transplantation, since calcification at a potential anastomotic site may make surgery more difficult.
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Wechsler, R. J., Feld, R., Munoz, S. J., DeLaurentis, M., Lev-Toaff, A. S., Helinik, T. G., Rubin, R., & Moritz, M. J. (1992). Suprahepatic circumcaval ring: CT finding after orthotopic liver transplantation. Radiology, 183(2), 545–548. https://doi.org/10.1148/radiology.183.2.1561366
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Surgery