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Are animal livers used in human transplants?

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Dr. Amy Friedman
Surgery - Transplant
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not successfully

Animal organs have been used - in experimental circumstances - for a variety of human transplants, without long-term success.
Remaining obstacles of rejection are major. When a winning strategy is developed, you will know because we will suddenly be able to address the organ shortage. We can use animal heart valves (usually pig) because they are treated + no longer stimulate an immune response.

In brief: Not successfully

Animal organs have been used - in experimental circumstances - for a variety of human transplants, without long-term success.
Remaining obstacles of rejection are major. When a winning strategy is developed, you will know because we will suddenly be able to address the organ shortage. We can use animal heart valves (usually pig) because they are treated + no longer stimulate an immune response.
Dr. Amy Friedman
Dr. Amy Friedman
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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not usually

Animal transplants have been done, but this is not typical practice.
The criteria for a donor liver include matching the blood type and also size of the donor liver with the recipient's needs.There are various other criteria also. A problem with animal transplants is that the immune system must be suppressed more than with human transplants in order to prevent rejection: more infection&cancer risk.

In brief: Not usually

Animal transplants have been done, but this is not typical practice.
The criteria for a donor liver include matching the blood type and also size of the donor liver with the recipient's needs.There are various other criteria also. A problem with animal transplants is that the immune system must be suppressed more than with human transplants in order to prevent rejection: more infection&cancer risk.
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Thank
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