The current status of living donor liver transplantation.
In response to the critical organ shortage, transplant professionals have utilized living donors in an attempt to decrease the mortality rate associated with waiting on the liver transplant list. Although the surgical techniques were first utilized clinically 15 years ago, application of LDLT has been somewhat limited by the steep learning curve associated with developing a program. Clinical success with LDLT in children was realized early in the experience and application of the techniques to the adult population has occurred more recently. Although transplant centers embark on LDLT with enthusiasm, the safety of the donor must always be at the forefront of the process. Potential donors must come to the decision to donate without pressure from members of the family or transplant team. He/she should also be assigned advocates who constantly promote the donor's best interest. Failure to adhere to strict donor evaluation protocols and standardized operative techniques could result in disastrous consequences.
Tuttle-Newhall, JE; Collins, BH; Desai, DM; Kuo, PC; Heneghan, MA
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