Dual Lobe Transplant
About the Patient and condition
Mr. Al Naqeeb, a Yemeni national patient was suffering from end-stage liver disease and required a liver transplant.
Mr. Al Naqeeb, a Yemeni national patient who was suffering from end-stage liver disease, was admitted for liver transplant under Dr. Goyal, Senior Consultant, Liver Transplant at the hospital. All three of his children offered to donate a part of their organ to save their father. However, as Mr. Naqeeb’s son was obese, he was ruled out as a potential donor. Mr. Naqeeb’s daughters, Bahaja and Sarah were investigated for organ donation. As per reports both daughters, who are in their 20s, had less than the required volume of liver. Hence, the doctors could not perform the transplant with either girl as donor. Since there was no donor and the family insisted, Dual lobe liver transplant was considered.
The right lobe of Bahaja’s liver, weighing 400 grams, and the left lobe of Sarah’s liver that weighed 240 grams, was taken and implanted in the recipient. Both the donors – Bahaja and Sarah are normal and healthy. The recipient, Mr. Al Naqeeb, was discharged with a healthy liver.
For liver transplants in cases of living donors, a patient’s diseased liver is replaced with a partial healthy liver from another person. In a typical adult recipient, 55% to 70% of the liver (the right lobe) is removed from a healthy living donor. The donor’s liver regenerates approaching 100% function within four to six weeks. Dual lobe liver transplants are rare because they are complex. In a single donor transplant, the venous channel in only side of the liver has to be connected in the recipient. But in a dual lobe transplant, venous channels of both the right lobe and the left lobe have to be joined. In dual lobe liver transplant, three surgeries are performed simultaneously, hence making it extremely complex and challenging.
Expertise at Apollo Hospitals
There was a lot of pressure on the team as two donors were involved in the process of liver transplant. The patient’s transplant was already a high-risk due to his multiple health problems. But the doctor at Apollo Hospitals succeeded in giving the patient a new lease of life.
Apollo Hospitals – Touching Lives
Apollo Hospitals’ Transplant department is the busiest unit. Apollo Hospitals, has completed 500 liver transplants with over 90% of success rate. Our transplant team is in touch with the patient even after surgery.
Patient was satisfied with the treatment and thanked his daughters and Transplant team for giving him new lease of life.