What is an extended criteria donor (ECD) for liver transplantation in cirrhosis?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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An ECD "deviates in some aspect from the ideal donor." One example of an ECD organ is the hepatitis C-infected liver with minimal fibrosis that is transplanted into a hepatitis C-infected recipient. Such transplants have been performed successfully for a number of years. Other examples of ECDs include donors older than 70 years and donors with relatively minimal fatty livers.


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