What are the transfusion requirements for liver transplantation in obese patients?

Updated: Apr 19, 2019
  • Author: Vanessa A Olcese, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Ron Shapiro, MD  more...
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Patients who have a body mass index greater than 30 kg/m2 may experience higher intraoperative and postoperative complications with OLT, including infection. In one study, length of hospital stay and total cost were higher for obese patients. [36] However, no increase in transfusion requirements or blood loss has been reported for liver transplantation patients who are obese.


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