Living-donor liver transplant

Picture of the steps of a living-donor liver transplant

For a living-donor liver transplant, a healthy person donates a portion of his or her liver to the transplant recipient. The recipient's liver is removed and replaced with this part of the donor's liver. The recipient's and donor's surgeries are carried out at the same time in different operating rooms.

Both the portion of the liver remaining in the donor and the portion donated will grow back to normal size.

Last Updated: January 8, 2010

Author: Monica Rhodes

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Philip Belitsky, MD, FRCSC - Urology

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