Why is donor selection important for liver transplantation?

Updated: Dec 31, 2017
  • Author: Lemi Luu, MD, RDMS, FACEP, FAAEM; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Donor selection is important. In a literature review, Sutherland found that overall outcomes of liver transplantation from older deceased donors were good but not as good as those of transplantation from younger donors. [10] This review provided evidence that careful donor selection based on risk indices (and potentially biomarkers), special schemes to match elderly donors with elderly recipients, and robust recipient selection enable good outcomes as the age of donors and recipients increases.

For additional information on liver transplantation, see Acute Liver Failure.


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