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Psychiatric Complications in Living Liver Donors

The authors studied 142 donors who underwent live-donor liver transplantation at Nagoya University Hospital between April 2004 and July 2014. None of the living donors had pre-existing psychological complaints prior to donation.


4.2% developed psychiatric complaints after donation, including major depressive disorder, panic disorder, conversion disorder, and substance use disorder.

(my emphasis)

“all donors received anti-anxiety drugs, half took anti-depressants, and supportive psychiatric therapy was concomitantly provided to all subjects. The average treatment period was 53.3 months. Regarding subject outcomes, 50% donors achieved remission, and the other half continued treatment.”


The average treatment period was 4.5 years. Think of that whenever someone says that liver donation has no long-term consequences.

Kimura, H., Onishi, Y., Sunada, S., Kishi, S., Suzuki, N., Tsuboi, C., Yamaguchi, N., Imai, H., Kamei, H., Fujisiro, H., Okada, T., Ishigami, M., Ogura, Y., Kiuchi, T., & Ozaki, N. (2015). Postoperative Psychiatric Complications in Living Liver Donors Transplantation Proceedings, 47 (6), 1860-1865 DOI: 10.1016/j.transproceed.2015.06.021

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