Hand-assisted Laparoscopic Total Proctocolectomy and Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis After Liver Transplant for Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

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Abstract

Chronic ulcerative colitis (CUC) is associated with extraintestinal manifestations such as primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). The onset of PSC can precede the diagnosis of CUC, and require liver transplantation in some patients. Surgical management of CUC posttransplant has traditionally been open total proctocolectomy and ileal pouch-anal anastomosis. Herein, we present a case of a woman with a previous liver transplant for PSC who subsequently developed CUC with dysplasia, successfully treated with hand-assisted laparoscopic total proctocolectomy and ileal pouch-anal anastomosis. Hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery is an excellent option for patients with previous complex abdominal surgery. It can be performed safely and expediently, providing the benefits of reduced hospital stay and early return of bowel function.

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