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Clinician

Mr Tim Brown

Healthcare Provider

Belfast City Hospital

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Process and delivery

48 hours

Abstract

An axial3D anatomical model aided diagnosis and preoperative planning of an Ex Vivo Partial Nephrectomy and subsequent Allotransplantation.

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Challenge/Case

A dialysis-dependent, 22 year old female with end stage kidney failure secondary to reflux nephropathy, requiring a second kidney transplant was to receive an ABO incompatible living donor transplant from her 45 year old father who presented with a Bosniak 2F cyst.

Solution

A physical 1:1 scale model of a 45 year male’s donor kidney with existing Bosniak 2F renal cyst, was used in guiding a partial nephrectomy and and living donor allotransplantation into a 22 year old female with end stage renal failure.

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During the course of work up of the donor, Computed Tomography imaging revealed a complex cyst (lesion) within the renal cortex. The cyst classification was Bosniak 2F with a small potential risk of malignancy. Clearly, transplanting a donor organ with a risk of malignancy or leaving the donor with a potential malignancy was unacceptable. The decision was taken to remove the kidney, excise the lesion on the back bench, reconstruct the kidney and then transplant the ‘lesion-free’ organ into the recipient. As the cyst was buried deep within the renal cortex and therefore invisible on the back bench, a replica 3D model was used for preoperative planning and intra-operative localization of the lesion. It’s difficult to underestimate how valuable this strategy was in terms of preoperative planning and achieving successful clearance of the lesion.


Mr Tim Brown Consultant Transplant Surgeon, Belfast City Hospital

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Mr Tim Brown Consultant Transplant Surgeon, Belfast City Hospital

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Result

With access to the 3D model, both procedures for donor and recipient were conducted successfully. The clinical team could completely remove the Bosniak 2F cyst from the donor kidney, confirm margin clearance from the pathologist in real time and subsequently complete an ABO incompatible transplant to the donor’s daughter. The recipient kidney achieved primary graft minutes after transplantation and kidney function remains excellent to date.

Conclusion

The 3D model was valuable in localizing the lesion, in order to achieve complete excision and tissue clearance. With the aid of the 3D model, the clinical team was able to exactly plan the procedure, ensure both patients were free from a long term potential tumour risk and achieve a complex, life-saving, kidney transplant.

Elevating Patient Care

  • Increased standard of care
  • Reduced risk of complications and infections
  • Saved time in surgery and post-operative care

Advance Surgical Standards

  • Greater insight into the complexity of the fracture
  • More accurate preoperative planning
  • Useful for educating the medical team

Improve Standards & Efficiencies

  • Increased standard of care
  • Reduced risk of complications and infections
  • Saved time in surgery and post-operative care
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Clinician

Mr Tim Brown

Healthcare Provider

Belfast City Hospital

Stack images

360

Process and delivery

48 hours

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As the cyst was buried deep within the renal cortex and therefore invisible on the back bench, a replica 3D model was used for preoperative planning and intra-operative localization of the lesion. It’s difficult to underestimate how valuable this strategy was in terms of preoperative planning and achieving successful clearance of the lesion.