Living Donor Liver Transplant Program

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The University of Maryland Medical Center offers adult living donor liver transplantation as an option to those in need of transplant. The goal of living donor liver transplantation is to transplant a recipient earlier in their liver failure by using a portion of a liver from a living donor who has been carefully evaluated and determined an appropriate match. Transplanting patients earlier in their liver disease progression often prevents them from becoming very sick and allows them a quicker recovery from the transplant surgery. 

The success of liver transplantation has resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of patients who are now being considered for this operation. Unfortunately, that has not been met with a dramatic increase in the number of cadaver donors available for transplantation. As a matter of fact, the number of cadaver donors available each year has risen only slightly, which has resulted in higher discrepancy between the number of patients waiting, and the number getting transplanted. There are more than 17,000 people in the U.S. awaiting liver transplants.

Due to the ongoing and increasing shortage of cadaver livers, transplant centers around the world, including the University of Maryland Medical Center, have adopted living donation as a partial solution to this shortage. As a result, the number of adult Living Donor Liver transplants performed is increasing. Many people are now opting to give the gift of life by donating a portion of their liver to a relative, friend or co-worker.

If you are considering living donation as an option, there are many issues to consider. This information is designed to help the donor, the donor's family and the recipient understand what Living Donor Liver transplantation involves.

For additional information, please call the Transplant office at 410-328-5408.

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