What are the limitations to living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) in the treatment of cirrhosis?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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However, LDLT has its limitations. The most obvious problem is the low, but real, risk of serious operative complications for the healthy volunteer liver donor. It is estimated that about 0.4% of the more than 3000 healthy liver donors worldwide over the last decade have died as a consequence of their surgery. Thus, transplant programs must maximize donor safety. They must also ensure that the benefits of LDLT to the potential recipient offset the risks to the donor.

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