Hand-assisted laparoscopic donor nephrectomy in patients with aberrant inferior vena caval anatomy.

David van Dellen, Andrew Ready, Nicholas Inston

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OBJECTIVES Hand-assisted laparoscopic donor nephrectomy has become an established technique for live-donor organ retrieval. In most cases, the left kidney is removed because of its more favorable anatomic relations, particularly with the major abdominal vessels. MATERIALS AND METHODS We present 2 cases of live donation in which a hand-assisted laparoscopic approach was used to remove the right kidney as indicated by the presence of aberrant vascular anatomy, 1 being situs inversus totalis, the other a left-sided inferior vena cava. RESULTS A 41-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man underwent assessment for live-kidney donation. During preoperative investigation, they underwent magnetic resonance imaging that demonstrated situs inversus totalis and a left-sided inferior vena cava. No contraindications to live donation were found during the investigation. In both cases, a right donor nephrectomy was performed owing to an anatomically longer right renal vein. Living donation proceeded without complication in both cases, and both patients had uneventful recoveries. CONCLUSIONS Abnormalities in vascular anatomy should not be considered an absolute contraindication to donation, even by the hand-assisted laparoscopic donor approach. The use of magnetic resonance scanning preoperatively allows detailed planning of the approach required.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-61
Number of pages4
JournalExperimental and clinical transplantation : official journal of the Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2010


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