How Do Living Donor and Deceased Donor Liver Transplants Compare?

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Initially we started recipients of a living donor organ. We're not fair as well because they only got a partial liver graft. However, research from multiple centers have shown that the outcome of living donor and deceased donor are equivalent. Thought the deceased donor gets a whole liver, that liver has been removed from the body, has been transported, is often from an older individual, and obviously that person had some illness that cause them to die.

Whereas the living donor is carefully selected, done in a controlled setting and is moved directly across the hall from one operating room to the next. So the real difference between living donor and deceased donor has nothing to do with the transplant operation, but more to do with the waiting list because living donors can be scheduled, they avoid waiting time, and any chance of dying on the waiting list, and research has shown that it can decrease the risk of overall mortality, or overall chance of dying by 50%, largely by decreasing waiting list death or people getting too sick to undergo a successful liver transplant.