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Historical perspective of living donor liver transplantation

By See Ching Chan and Sheung Tat Fan

Abstract

Living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) has gone through its formative years and established as a legitimate treatment when a deceased donor liver graft is not timely or simply not available at all. Nevertheless, LDLT is characterized by its technical complexity and ethical controversy. These are the consequences of a single organ having to serve two subjects, the donor and the recipient, instantaneously. The transplant community has a common ground on assuring donor safety while achieving predictable recipient success. With this background, a reflection of the development of LDLT may be appropriate to direct future research and patient-care efforts on this life-saving treatment alternative

Topics: Review
Publisher: The WJG Press and Baishideng
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:2673383
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