Pulmonary embolus originating from renal vein stump thrombus after laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy: Case report

N. Lubezky, E. H. Stern, V. Nair, D. Herron, E. Chin, M. Palese, D. Lapointe Rudow, V. Delaney, M. Goldstein, S. Florman, J. P. Rocca

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Background Pulmonary embolism (PE) is an uncommon, life-threatening complication after living donor nephrectomy (LDN), and is considered among the most common causes for donor mortality. Most cases of postoperative PEs are thought to originate in deep venous thrombosis (DVT) of the lower extremities.

Case Report A 56-year-old, healthy woman underwent laparoscopic left LDN. Her postoperative course was complicated by PE, presenting at postoperative day 7. Doppler ultrasonography of her lower extremities did not demonstrate DVT. Both transthoracic echocardiogram and contrast-enhanced computed tomography demonstrated a floating thrombus within the inferior vena cava (IVC) originating from a thrombus in the left renal vein stump. Symptoms resolved with systemic anticoagulation. Repeat transesophageal echocardiography demonstrated resolution of the IVC thrombus.

Conclusions Thrombus originating in left renal vein stump should be considered in patients who develop PE after LDN, especially when lower extremity DVT is not demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2406-2408
Number of pages3
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation

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