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. 2008 Jan 7;14(1):15-21.
doi: 10.3748/wjg.14.15.

Historical Perspective of Living Donor Liver Transplantation

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Historical Perspective of Living Donor Liver Transplantation

See Ching Chan et al. World J Gastroenterol. .
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Abstract

Living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) has gone through its formative years and established as a legitimate treatment when a deceased donor liver graft is not timely or simply not available at all. Nevertheless, LDLT is characterized by its technical complexity and ethical controversy. These are the consequences of a single organ having to serve two subjects, the donor and the recipient, instantaneously. The transplant community has a common ground on assuring donor safety while achieving predictable recipient success. With this background, a reflection of the development of LDLT may be appropriate to direct future research and patient-care efforts on this life-saving treatment alternative.

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