J Minim Invasive Surg.  2019 Mar;22(1):39-42. 10.7602/jmis.2019.22.1.39.

Totally Laparoscopic Distal Gastrectomy in Post Liver Transplant Patient

  • 1Department of Surgery, Ulsan University Hospital, Ulsan, Korea. parkdongjin7907@gmail.com
  • 2Department of Surgery, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Ulsan, Korea.


The risk of malignancy after transplantation is higher than that of general population. Laparoscopic surgery has become a standard treatment of gastric cancer. However, there are no case reports evaluating totally laparoscopic gastrectomy in patients with previous liver transplantation. Herein we report our experience with a liver transplant recipient who underwent totally laparoscopic distal gastrectomy (TLDG) for gastric cancer. A 63 year-old man underwent orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) for cryptogenic liver cirrhosis. 8 years later, gastric cancer was diagnosed during the follow-up. Endoscopic submucosal dissection was performed and additional surgical resection was needed. TLDG and D1+ lymph node dissection was performed, and the patient was discharged on the 8th post-operative day without any complications. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of de novo gastric cancer treated with TLDG after OLT. This suggests that TLDG is a feasible for patients after OLT.


Gastrectomy; Laparoscopy; Gastric cancer; Liver transplantation
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