Central pontine myelinolysis after orthotopic liver transplant-a rare complication

Ahmad AlSarraf, Mazhar Haque, Morris Pudek, Eric M. Yoshida

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Abstract

Central pontine myelinolysis is a rare but devastating cause of morbidity and mortality after orthotopic liver transplant. The exact cause of central pontine myelinolysis is uncertain. However, rapid correction of hyponatremia has been described as a major factor. We describe a patient with central pontine myelinolysis after orthotopic liver transplant in the absence of significant hyponatremia. Although rapid correction of hypernatremia has been reported in association with central pontine myelinolysis, to our knowledge, in this case, where the serum sodium went from normal to hypernatremic, later diagnosis of central pontine myelinolysis in a postliver transplant setting is unique. We also discuss factors that may contribute to the development of central pontine myelinolysis after orthotopic liver transplant and its pathophysiology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-324
Number of pages4
JournalExperimental and Clinical Transplantation
Volume8
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010

Keywords

  • Hypernatremia
  • Hyponatremia
  • Neurologic complication

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