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In liver transplant, what are the consideration on deciding which lobe is being donated?

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Dr. Amy Friedman
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In brief: Recipient size

Most adults with advanced liver disease and portal hypertension (increased blood flow coming from their intestines + spleen, to their liver) require the largest lobe of the live donor's liver, which is the right lobe.
Children and small adults will probably only require the lesser volume of the left lobe, or part of the left lobe (left lateral segment). The portion left in the donor grows rapidly.

In brief: Recipient size

Most adults with advanced liver disease and portal hypertension (increased blood flow coming from their intestines + spleen, to their liver) require the largest lobe of the live donor's liver, which is the right lobe.
Children and small adults will probably only require the lesser volume of the left lobe, or part of the left lobe (left lateral segment). The portion left in the donor grows rapidly.
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