Percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage related infectious complications after living donor liver transplantation



Living donor liver transplantation, Percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage, Infectious complications


Aim: Biliary complications were the most common cause of morbidity after living donor liver transplantation. Percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage (PTBD) is performed in this patients. The purpose of our study was to determine the rate of PTBD related infection (cholangitis and sepsis) after living donor liver transplantation.

Methods: This is a retrospective cohort study. Fifty two patients PTBD procedures were performed after living donor liver transplantation. Two main groups were established; Post PTBD infection group and non-infection group. Demographic characteristics, infectious complications and mortality rates were compared.

Results: PTBD procedure related infection (cholangitis and sepsis) rate was 52% (28 patients) and early (thirty days) mortality rate was 17.9% (5 patients). 

Conclusion: PTBD related infectious complication and mortality rates are high. In these patients we need to be very careful after PTBD.


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Ertuğrul G, Aydın S. Percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage related infectious complications after living donor liver transplantation. J Surg Med [Internet]. 2019 Feb. 25 [cited 2023 Dec. 1];3(2):169-71. Available from: