To assess the capabilities of a velocity ratio>3 for the diagnosis of Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) in children after split liver transplantation using Doppler ultrasonography (DUS).
Materials and methods
A total of 28 children who underwent liver transplantation using a split procedure were included. There were 11boys and 17girls with a mean age of 3.8years (range: 0.7–12years). Velocity ratio between blood velocity upstream of the anastomosis and that at the level of the inferior vena cava anastomosis was calculated. Sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of DUS for the diagnosis of BCS were estimated using a velocity ratio>3.
Eight children (8/28; 29%) had BCS and 20 (20/28; 71%) did not have BCS using the standard of reference. A velocity ratio>3 on DUS yielded 88% sensitivity (95% CI: 53–98%), 80% specificity (95% CI: 58–92%) and 82% accuracy (95% CI: 64–92%) for the diagnosis of BCS.
A velocity ratio>3 on DUS is a reliable finding for the diagnosis of BCS in children after split liver transplantation.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Doppler ultrasonography, Pediatric liver transplant, Budd-Chiari syndrome