Living Donor Liver Transplantation in Children

by Dr. Sonal Asthana

1. What is living donation liver transplantation?

Transplantation is needed when a person suffers from advanced liver disease. In some cases a close friend or family member comes forward to donate a portion of their liver.

  • The diseased liver is removed and replaced with a portion of healthy liver from the donor

  • The transplanted liver grows to meet the recipient's needs

  • The remaining donor liver regenerates within 4-8 weeks

2. Is living donation a good option for children?

Living donation is an excellent option for children.

  • For most children, a whole adult liver is too big. A small piece of a liver is all that is needed.

  • Living donation allows children to be transplanted before they become too sick, or the disease affects their growth and mental function

3. Who can become a liver donor?

Donor should be a close relative

Donors should be:

  • At least 18years old

  • Usually less than 60 years old

  • Generally healthy

  • Not overweight or obese

  • Have a blood group that is compatible with the patient

4. Is Living donation safe?

  • Living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) is good for patients, because they can be transplanted before their disease is advanced.

  • For donors, living donation is very safe and most donors have an uneventful recovery.

You can consult the Best Pediatric Liver Transplant Surgeon or visit Top Liver care hospital in Hebbal, Bangalore.

5. Are outcomes of living donor liver transplantation comparable to deceased donor transplantation?

Yes they are. LDLT is associated with:

  • Improved survival of the transplantation liver

  • Improved patient survival

  • Reduced risk of rejection

If you are looking for Pediatric liver transplantation, get in touch with Aster CMI Hospital in Hebbal, Bangalore.

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