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What is a living-donor liver transplantation?

What is a living-donor liver transplantation?

Using part of liver: Similar to removal of a portion of the liver because it contains a tumor or other type of disease, living donor liver transplantation depends on the use of a portion of the donor's liver. The donor is left with enough liver to remain healthy. The recipient gets the part that is removed. ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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Can you tell me about a living donor liver transplant?

Can you tell me about a living donor liver transplant?

Liver transplant : you should speak with a transplant surgeon, it means that if your blood type and antibodies are nearly a match to your donor, they usually take half or more of your liver. Good news most of it can grow back! ...Read more

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What happens in a living donor liver transplantation?

What happens in a  living donor liver transplantation?

The donor gives part: And keeps the rest, enough to live on. The liver that remains regenerates almost to 100% of original size and function. ...Read more

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How is it possible to do a living donor liver transplant?

How is it possible to do a living donor liver transplant?

Years of practice: People can live with one kidney. Removing one to give to someone else allows for the donor to continue a normal life while the recipient is off dialysis. In liver transplant, a person can lose up to 60 percent of their liver (as long as the blood vessels are preserved and the liver is healthy) and survive. Over 6 to 9 months the liver enlarges back to a functional volume. ...Read more

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What are the advantages of using a living-donor liver transplant?

What are the advantages of using a  living-donor liver transplant?

Timing: You know when you will get you transplant. Also the longer you wait for a deceased donor the sicker you may get. There are more biliary system complications with a living donor though, . ...Read more

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Is there anywhere in the usa that does living donor liver transplant? Me and my family are being told no.

Is there anywhere in the usa that does living donor liver transplant?  Me and my family are being told no.

Pittsburgh: I would look into the starzl transpalnt institute at upmc. Drs. Marsh and humar have been doing them for many years. In florida you may want to look into the miami program. ...Read more

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My brother had a liver transplant at age of 4 he is now 14 he had acute liver failure his donor was a living donor how long should his new liver last?

My brother had a liver transplant at age of 4 he is now 14 he had acute liver failure his donor was a living donor how long should his new liver last?

Too many variables: ...which can be explored in further depth. However, HealthTap doctors are asked to defer answering questions posed by individuals under 16. Sorry we can't be of more help. ...Read more

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I have issues from cirrhosis and have to undergo a liver transplant in a few days. What is the recovery period after living donor liver translant surgery?

I have issues from cirrhosis and have to undergo a liver transplant in a few days. What is the recovery period after living donor liver translant surgery?

A Few Weeks.: After surgery, most people stay in the hospital for a few weeks before going home. Your doctors will do tests regularly to make sure that your new liver is working correctly. After a liver transplant, people need to take medicines for the rest of their life. These medicines are called “anti-rejection medicines.” They help the body’s infection-fighting system accept the new liver. ...Read more

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Could a live-donor liver transplant happen in someone with acute liver failure?

Could a live-donor liver transplant happen in someone with acute liver failure?

Yes: Living donor liver transplantation provides a liver for someone that has chronic or acute end-stage liver disease. There is often time to work up the donor over weeks and go through a thoughtful process in chronic liver disease, however in acute fulminant liver failure, there is life threatening complications measured in days, the whole process is sped up but should never compromise donor safety. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


Dr. Amy Friedman
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Liver Transplant (Definition)

A liver transplant is a surgical procedure that has both a donor and a recipient. The donor has part (if living) or the entire liver removed, and this is transplanted to the recipient. Liver transplantation is a life saving procedure and is performed when the recipient's liver is failing, or has developed a localized cancer that cannot be removed ...Read more