The role of ultrasound scanning in management after liver transplantation

N Raby, H B Meire, A Forbes, R Williams

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A total of 368 ultrasound scans in 72 patients following liver transplantation have been reviewed. Thirty-seven intra-abdominal fluid collections were identified. Twenty-four resolved spontaneously and 13 required aspiration under ultrasound control. Dilated bile ducts were seen in 22 patients, 11 of whom required further intervention. The main indications for intervention post-transplantation were increasing or late onset (after 3 months) duct dilatation. Recurrent or persistent fluid collections particularly in the right subhepatic space also indicate further investigation. Twelve ultrasound-guided liver biopsies were performed to detect rejection or tumour recurrence. Eight cases of portal vein anastomotic narrowing and three abnormalities of the inferior vena cava were also detected.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-510
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Radiology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1988


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Bile Ducts
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Liver
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Portal Vein
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Ultrasonography

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