Unexpected donation after circulatory determination of death (uDCD) liver transplantation is a complex procedure, in particular when it comes to perioperative recipient management. However, very little has been published to date regarding intraoperative and immediate postoperative care in this setting. Herein, we compare perioperative events in uDCD liver recipients with those of a matched group of donation after brain death liver recipients. We demonstrate that the former group of recipients suffers significantly greater hemodynamic instability and derangements in coagulation following graft reperfusion. Based on our experience, we recommend a proactive recipient management strategy in uDCD liver transplantation that involves early use of vasopressor support; maintaining adequate intraoperative levels of red cells, platelets, and fibrinogen; and routinely administering tranexamic acid before graft reperfusion.
Uncontrolled donation after circulatory determination of death liver recipients presents important alterations in hemodynamic parameters and coagulation upon graft reperfusion, requiring early perioperative intervention and goal-directed therapy to ensure a good postoperative outcome. See the editorial on page 1651 from Magliocca.