Hepatic artery thrombosis (HAT) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality after orthotopic liver transplantation, occurring in 5% of cases (Piardi et al, 2016). HAT is the second main cause of graft loss after primary nonfunction, the leading cause of graft failure in the immediate postoperative period (<1 month), and is associated with a mortality rate of up to 60% without intervention (Piardi et al, 2016; Pareja et al., 2010; Crossin et al., 2003). Although retransplantation is the preferred therapy, the limited availability of donor organs can necessitate urgent, alternative treatment. These patients present physicians with an often-severe clinical picture, which requires consideration of endovascular approaches as opposed to the more traditional, invasive surgical interventions. The following case study presents a novel mechanical therapy that uses an endovascular approach for revascularization—a stent retriever device.
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- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging