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

Dr. Ajay K. Sahajpal, MD
Transplant Surgeon

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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