Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

59-Year-Old Man Doing Well After Rare Simultaneous Liver Transplant/Coronary Bypass Surgery

Date:
June 10, 1998
Source:
University Of Illinois At Chicago
Summary:
A 59-year-old patient who underwent a rare simultaneous liver transplant and coronary artery bypass operation a year ago at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center is doing extremely well. His case was featured in a recent issue of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

A year ago, 59-year-old Anthony Capua underwent a double liver transplant-coronary bypass through a pioneering procedure at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Capua is living a normal life and enjoying his retirement.

Done separately, either operation probably would have failed and he would not have survived. After doctors at two Chicago hospitals told him it was impossible to perform the two procedures simultaneously, two University of Illinois at Chicago physicians operated successfully on June 19, 1997.

The La Grange, Ill., resident had been on a waiting list for two months before a suitable liver became available.Surgeon Malek Massad did the bypass first. Then, with Capua's heart once again functioning normally, his colleague Enrico Benedetti replaced his damaged liver.

Only two successful simultaneous coronary artery bypass graftings and orthotopic liver transplantations have been reported in medical literature. But Benedetti believes there will be more as older people at risk for coronary artery disease are evaluated for transplants.

"Forty percent of liver transplants are done on people above 50," he said. "Consequently, more of those people are likely to have coronary artery disease. If you do the transplant without fixing the heart, the patient will die of a heart attack. But you can't fix the heart because of the severe liver failure."

Advanced coronary artery disease has traditionally been considered an absolute contraindication to liver transplantation, the surgeons wrote in a paper about the procedure in the April 1998 Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Chronic liver failure significantly increases the risk for coronary artery bypass surgery, they added.

"The presence of advanced coronary artery disease in a candidate for liver transplantation should not be considered an absolute contraindication to transplant," they said. "In selected cases, performing a simultaneous coronary artery bypass and liver transplantation may provide an ideal treatment for both life-threatening diseases." Considering Capua's active life a year after the surgery, "the outcome has proven we were right," Benedetti said.

The surgical team plans to perform the same procedure on two more patients at UIC as soon as donor livers become available.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University Of Illinois At Chicago. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

University Of Illinois At Chicago. "59-Year-Old Man Doing Well After Rare Simultaneous Liver Transplant/Coronary Bypass Surgery." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 10 June 1998. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/06/980610211450.htm>.
University Of Illinois At Chicago. (1998, June 10). 59-Year-Old Man Doing Well After Rare Simultaneous Liver Transplant/Coronary Bypass Surgery. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 29, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/06/980610211450.htm
University Of Illinois At Chicago. "59-Year-Old Man Doing Well After Rare Simultaneous Liver Transplant/Coronary Bypass Surgery." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/06/980610211450.htm (accessed August 29, 2014).

Share This




More Health & Medicine News

Friday, August 29, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Killer Amoeba Found in Louisiana Water System

Killer Amoeba Found in Louisiana Water System

AP (Aug. 28, 2014) State health officials say testing has confirmed the presence of a killer amoeba in a water system serving three St. John the Baptist Parish towns. (Aug. 28) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Who Could Be Burnt by WHO's E-Cigs Move?

Who Could Be Burnt by WHO's E-Cigs Move?

Reuters - Business Video Online (Aug. 28, 2014) The World Health Organisation has called for the regulation of electronic cigarettes as both tobacco and medical products. Ciara Lee looks at the impact of the move on the tobacco industry. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
CDC Director On Ebola Outbreak: 'It's Worse Than I Feared'

CDC Director On Ebola Outbreak: 'It's Worse Than I Feared'

Newsy (Aug. 28, 2014) CDC director Tom Frieden says the Ebola outbreak is even worse than he feared. But he also said there's still hope to contain it. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
How A 'Rule Of Thumb' Could Slow Down Drinking

How A 'Rule Of Thumb' Could Slow Down Drinking

Newsy (Aug. 28, 2014) A study suggests people who follow a "rule of thumb" when pouring wine dispense less than those who don't have a particular amount in mind. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins