Acta Scientific Gastrointestinal Disorders (ASGIS)(ISSN: 2582-1091)

Research Article Volume 4 Issue 6

Effects of COVID-19 on Living Donor Liver Transplantation

Afridi Sikandar Aziz*

Gambat Institute of Medical Sciences, Pakistan

*Corresponding Author: Afridi Sikandar Aziz, Gambat Institute of Medical Sciences, Pakistan.

Received: April 05, 2021; Published: May 17, 2021


Background and Aims: The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with rapidly rising number of cases and high mortality massively affected living donor liver transplantation in Pakistan. The study aims at providing an insight into the transplantation in era of pandemic, its effects on LDLT in postoperative period.

Methods: All the patients listed for LDLT at PAQSJIMS from March 1st to June 30th 2020 were re-evaluated for LLDLT after an initial complete halt and mortality of 3, in terms CTP, MELD, COVID PCR and CT chest.

Results: 54 patients with Child C, MELD above 15 and negative PCR/HRCT underwent LDLT. 6 (5 recipients and 1 donor) out of 70 listed tested positive on PCR, were deferred for surgery and followed. Majority of recipients were males in their forties to sixties, with normal BMI, and no comorbidities, and underwent LDLT for chronic viral hepatitis with decompensated cirrhosis (HBV+ HDV, HBV, HCV) and unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma. 5 Recipients (no donors) were diagnosed with SARS clinically, 4 tested positive on PCR and 1 had CT findings highly suggestive of COVID infection. Mortality was 2/5, caused by MOF in patient with prolonged illness, and sudden cardiac death in relatively well patient.

Conclusion: In conclusion, COVID 19 can have an atypical clinical presentation in postliver transplant patients, patients may be pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic and can have cardiac arrhythmias. Symptomatic patients may not necessarily have Positive PCRs, HRCT findings should be considered in all symptomatic patients, before labelling them COVID negative based on PCR. Strictly following SOPs can reduce transmission of COVID-19.

Keywords: Diabetes Mellitus; Metabolism; Visceral Fat; Insulin; Cholesterol


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Citation: Afridi Sikandar Aziz. “Effects of COVID-19 on Living Donor Liver Transplantation”. Acta Scientific Gastrointestinal Disorders 4.6 (2021): 32-38.


Copyright: © 2021 Afridi Sikandar Aziz. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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