Journal Article

Partial liver transplantation-living donor liver transplantation and split liver transplantation

Sascha A. Müller, Arianeb Mehrabi, Bruno M. Schmied, Thilo Welsch, Hamidreza Fonouni, Guido Engelmann, Peter Schemmer, Jürgen Weitz and Jan Schmidt

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation

Published on behalf of European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Assoc

Volume 22, issue suppl_8, pages viii13-viii22
Published in print September 2007 | ISSN: 0931-0509
Published online September 2007 | e-ISSN: 1460-2385 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ndt/gfm653
Partial liver transplantation-living donor liver transplantation and split liver transplantation

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In the last two decades, liver transplantation (LTx) has become the treatment of choice for several liver diseases including hepatocellular carcinoma in selected cases. Improvements in surgical and anesthesiological procedures have increased patient survival after LTx, resulting in excellent 1-year survival rates. The rate-limiting factor to further increase the number of LTx is the extreme shortage of suitable organs with the consequence that pediatric and adult patients are dying on the waiting list. At present, mortality reported for pediatric and adult patients on the waiting list is 10 to 20%. Living-donor liver transplantation and split liver transplantation are measurements to reduce the severe lack of cadaveric grafts by expanding the donor pool. Major centers around the world now routinely perform partial LTx in infants and adults with survival success equivalent to that after full-size liver transplantation.

Keywords: liver transplantation; living-donor liver transplantation; partial-organ liver transplantation; split-liver transplantation

Journal Article.  7008 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Nephrology

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