As OPTN has admitted, organs from deceased donors over the age of 50 are often discarded despite being viable. A recent study compared patient and graft (transplanted organ) survival rates in liver transplant recipients given livers from deceased donors younger than 60, 60-70 years of age, and older than 70 years old.
Summary results are as follows:
|Patient survival||1-year||3 year||5-year|
|Graft Survival||1-year||3-year||5 year|
Because patient and graft survival rates are not affected by donor age, well-selected older donor livers can be safely used if they show good function and preharvesting conditions.
Read full abstract here: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00268-013-2085-7