Combined Abdominal Organ Transplantation
Transplantation of isolated organs, such as heart, kidney, liver, and pancreas, is a well-established clinical application. While microsurgical models have been developed for rats and mice, as shown in other chapters of this volume, combined abdominal organ transplantation has become clinical routine in only few transplantation centers. Furthermore, immunological interactions between the different abdominal organs, for example, liver and small bowel, are not well understood. Even the venous drainage of an intestinal graft into a cotransplanted liver [2, 5] or the function of the ileocecal valve in combined small and large bowel transplantation [1, 3] raise technical questions which need further evaluation by an appropriate experimental model.
KeywordsVenous Drainage Celiac Trunk Aortal Segment Intestinal Transplantation Small Bowel Transplantation
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