Orthotopic liver transplantation in hemophilia B: a case report

Transpl Int. 1995;8(6):485-7. doi: 10.1007/BF00335602.


Liver transplantation is a treatment modality that is being used with increasing frequency in cases of liver-based metabolic defects. This is a case report of a patient with hemophilia B who was treated since childhood with factor IX replacement for recurrent hemarthroses. Subsequent hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) infection had resulted in the development of chronic active hepatitis, ultimately leading to cirrhosis. Orthotopic liver transplantation performed for endstage liver disease resulted in a rise in factor IX levels from 2% to 83% of normal values within 24 h postoperatively, and levels remained above 90% of normal values after postoperative day 3 without factor IX replacement. To our knowledge, only two cases of hemophilia B treated by orthotopic liver transplantation have been reported. This procedure has, however, only been implemented in cases of terminal liver insufficiency in hemophiliacs.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Blood Component Transfusion / adverse effects
  • Hemophilia B / complications
  • Hemophilia B / surgery*
  • Hemophilia B / therapy
  • Hepatitis B / complications
  • Hepatitis B / etiology
  • Hepatitis C / complications
  • Hepatitis C / etiology
  • Humans
  • Liver Failure / etiology*
  • Liver Failure / surgery*
  • Liver Failure / virology
  • Liver Transplantation*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged