Definition: small for size syndrome

Small for size syndrome can follow liver transplantation when the allograft is too small to handle the high volume of portal inflow after portal vein/hepatic artery are anastamosed.  The only autoregulatory mechanism to decrease blood flow is constriction of the muscular hepatic artery, which is why biliary ischemia and elevated bilirubin is often seen with this syndrome.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Definition. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s