How long can a liver survive outside the body before transplant?

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Once the donor liver is removed, doctors have about six hours to transplant it. In this video, Preston Foster, MD of Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital explains the importance of keeping the time outside the body as short as possible.
Ajay K. Sahajpal, MD
Transplant Surgery
In general, ideally a liver will be transplanted under 12 hours. It can survive up to 16 hours, however, the shorter the ischemic or "on ice time" the better for liver graft function.
A liver can survive between 12 and 16 hours outside of the body. Livers are keep in ice and a special preservation solution to enable them to function after that many hours.

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