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Year 2019 / Volume 111 / Number 11

Case Report

Using octreotide for refractory ascites after liver transplantation

882-884

Oana-Anisa Nutu, Alejandro Manrique Municio, Alberto Marcacuzco Quinto, Jorge Calvo Pulido, Carlos Jiménez Romero,

Refractory ascites is a condition associated with a reduced survival and a poorer quality of life. Portal hyperflow after liver transplantation is one of the main causes. We report the case of a female patient with refractory ascites after liver transplantation who was treated with splenic embolization. Ascites persisted despite embolization due to splenic revascularization by short gastric vessels and repeat embolization was technically unfeasible. Based on pathophysiology data, she was treated with octreotide, a somatostatin octapeptide analog, which resulted in splanchnic vasoconstriction and a reduction of the portal flow and venous pressure. After four months of treatment with octreotide, the patient had a good clinical status without ascites.

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