World Journal of Surgery

, Volume 42, Issue 10, pp 3357–3363 | Cite as

Re-transplantation for Hepatic Artery Thrombosis: A National Perspective

  • Shu Kwun Lui
  • Catherine R. Garcia
  • Xiaonan Mei
  • Roberto Gedaly
Original Scientific Report



Hepatic artery thrombosis (HAT) is a major complication after liver transplantation that commonly requires re-transplantation.


We queried the UNOS dataset for all patients transplanted between 1995 and 2015 for HAT.


We identified 623 patients who underwent re-transplantation for HAT with a mean age of 51.25 + 10.4 years. The mean BMI was 26.72 kg/m2, and mean MELD score was 19.62 + 9.09. There was a higher proportion of male patients, with higher prevalence of pre-transplant portal vein thrombosis (7.4 vs. 5.4%, p = 0.04), lower incidence of hepatitis C virus infection (29.5 vs. 35.8%, p = 0.002), and shorter waiting time (61 vs. 111 days, p = 0.001) in the HAT group compared to those re-transplanted for other indications. The perioperative 90-day mortality was lower in patients re-transplanted for HAT (16 vs. 20%, p = 0.02). Patients undergoing re-transplantation for HAT had 13% decreased graft survival and 13% increased long-term survival. After case–control matched analysis, graft survival and patient survival were significantly better in the HAT group. Late re-transplantation (>30 days) for HAT was linked to decreased graft and patient survival when compared to those undergoing early re-transplantation (within 30 days).


Improved outcomes were seen in patients undergoing re-transplantation for HAT compared to patients who underwent re-transplantation for other indications. Those re-transplanted late after HAT (>30 days) were associated with worse outcomes when compared to early re-transplantation.



Hepatic artery thrombosis


Liver transplantation


Body mass index


Authors’ contribution

SKL, CRG, XM, and RG designed research/study. SKL, CRG, XM, and RG performed research/study. XM collected data. SKL, XM, and RG analyzed data. SKL, CRG, XM, and RG wrote the paper.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shu Kwun Lui
    • 1
  • Catherine R. Garcia
    • 1
  • Xiaonan Mei
    • 1
  • Roberto Gedaly
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgery - Transplant Division, College of MedicineUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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