Small bowel and colon transplantation in rats using porto-portal cuff anastomosis
Galvão FH, Santos RM, Bakonyi A, Machado MA, Bacchella T, Machado MC
Transplantation Proc 2006; 38(6):1842-1843.



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Portal versus systemic venous drainage and colon grafting are major controversies in the techniques of intestinal transplantation. The rat is the best animal for research in this field. Nevertheless, this model requires complex microvascular anastomoses that are responsible for the high incidence of technical failures. A cuff technique is an easier anastomosis method than a hand-suture. We describe a simplified rat model of small bowel and colon transplantation using a porto-portal cuff anastomosis.