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Guess What Liver Donors – It’s All in Your Head!

I stumbled upon this by accident this morning while browsing for something else. Unfortunately I couldn’t access the entire text, but the abstract makes the point well enough.

 

12 live liver donors, 9 men and 3 women, were follow-up up at six months and one-year post surgery.

 

Results:
– Functional abdominal complaints (FAC) occurred in 11/12 at 6 months, and 9/12 at 12 months.
– Abdominal pain occurred in seven/12 and six/12 patients, respectively.
– Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) was found in the majority of patients.

 

Conclusions (emphasis mine): FAC and pain seemed to indicate a general postoperative disorder, of a psychosomatic character, and not connected with removal of part of the liver and gallbladder in particular. However, the occurrence of IBS and FD should merit attention, as they are known to impair quality of life.

 

Just in case you missed it: even though 92% of the liver donors reported problems at six months, and 75% at 12 months, it can’t POSSIBLY be the result of the incredibly invasive and delicate procedure to remove 60-75% of the liver (and gallblader, according to the abstract). Of course not. It has to be imaginary, concocted, and made up. Because if it isn’t then we, the transplant industry, will actually have to start paying attention to these liver incubators as, you know, PEOPLE, and we wouldn’t want that now would we?

*head/desk*

 

Søndenaa K, Gondolesi GE, Roayaie S, Goldman JS, Hausken T, & Schwartz ME (2011). Functional abdominal complaints occurred frequently in living liver donors after donation. Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology, 46 (5), 611-5 PMID: 21114430

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