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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 314-316

Donor gonadal vein reconstruction for extension of the transected renal vessels in living renal transplantation

Department of Urology, Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital, Dr. V V Desai Road, Nadiad, Gujarat - 387 001, India

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Mahesh R Desai
Department of Urology, Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital, Dr. V V Desai Road, Nadiad, Gujarat - 387 001
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.65417

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Introduction: Donor gonadal vein is a readily available vascular reconstruction material for vascular reconstruction, for difficult situations, in living related renal transplantation. Vein extension with the gonadal vein has been described as a simple and safe method to elongate renal vein especially in right living donor kidneys. We applied the donor gonadal vein for lacerated accessory renal artery and renal vein reconstruction. Materials and Methods: The donor gonadal vein was used to reconstruct the lacerated accessory renal artery in one patient. The donor gonadal vein was isolated, used as an interposition graft to bridge the gap between transected accessory renal artery and external iliac artery of the recipient. In another patient, gonadal vein was used to reconstruct short right renal vein, which got damaged during retrieval. Results: This technique resulted in a tension-free anastomosis. There were no procedure related complications. The ischemia time remained within acceptable limits and grafts showed excellent outcomes. Conclusions: The use of gonadal vein for renal vascular reconstruction seems to be an acceptable option during living related renal transplantation, lest the need arise, with no increased graft morbidity.

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