Arterial ketone body ratio in pediatric liver transplantation

Hiroto Egawa, Abraham Shaked, Yasuhiko Konishi, Sue V. McDiarmid, Jorge Vargas, Yasuhiko Shimahara, John Colonna, Keiichiro Mori, Naritaka Yamamoto, Kazu Ozawa, Ronald W. Busuttil

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

7 Scopus citations


Arterial ketone body ratio (AKBR) was measured serially in 49 pediatrie orthotopic liver transplantations. The AKBR pattern correlated with hepatic synthetic function, as well as with short-term graft and patient survival. A rapid recovery pattern of AKBR to above 1.0 within 40 hr after reperfusion was associated with 94% graft and patient survival. Pediatrie liver grafts were found to have better tolerance to low energy levels when compared with previously published data for adult OLT. The salvage rate of pediatrie grafts exhibiting a slow recovery pattern (AKBR 0.7-1.0) was 71%. No recovery pattern (AKBR <0.7) was seen in all 6 cases of primary nonfunction, and in 3 of 4 cases of early hepatic artery thrombosis (HAT). All these grafts were lost; however, 56% of the children in this group survived retransplantation. Unlike the PNF grafts, the no recovery pattern after HAT was characterized by gradual improvement of the synthetic function, despite the low energy state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)522-526
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation


Dive into the research topics of 'Arterial ketone body ratio in pediatric liver transplantation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this