We report the case of delayed reconstruction of an iatrogenically transected inferior vena cava (IVC). A 47-year-old male underwent a laparoscopic right nephrectomy complicated by an unrecognized IVC transection. Postoperatively, he developed severe lower extremity edema, abdominal distension, and discomfort, prompting further investigation. A computed tomography scan showed a staple line extending across the IVC with thrombus extending distally to the level of the left renal vein. Repair of the suprarenal portion of the IVC was undertaken using a cryopreserved femoral vein allograft. The patient demonstrated clinical improvement with follow-up imaging demonstrating graft patency at 15 months.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2014|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine