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Left Lobe Adult Live Liver Donor Transplantation

Left lobes are used in adult-to-children live liver transplants, which is known to have a much lower death and complication rate for the living donor. The right has traditionally been used in adult-to-adult liver transplantation, leaving the liver donor with approximately only 30-40% of their original liver. Utilizing the left lobe instead of the larger right one is a small step in the right direction.

Of course, except that we’re still looking at a 35+% complication rate, something that would be intolerable in any other ‘elective’ surgery.

 

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1600-6143.2012.04022.x/abstract

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