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Even today major hepatic trauma remains a formidable surgical challenge with considerable deaths from exasanguination. Apart from conservative operative techniques that allow successful management in most cases, liver transplantation may be indicated in a more severe injury. This is a report on a patient with massive, unsalvageable liver trauma on whom the first two-staged procedure was successfully performed. After total hepatectomy as the first step and a prolonged anhepatic period of more than 14 hours, liver replacement by an allograft was carried out in a second operation. The patient recovered completely from the potentially lethal hepatic trauma and is alive more than 17 months later.
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