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Clin Transpl. 1998:297-301.

Expanded liver donor age over 60 years for hepatic transplantation.

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  • 1Liver Transplant Unit, Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer, University of Barcelona, Spain.


With a growing discrepancy between the number of liver candidates and donors, traditional donor selection criteria have been greatly changed to meet the need for donor livers. Older donors are a readily available source of livers that can significantly augment the donor pool. Our series demonstrated that the course and the outcome of orthotopic liver transplantation were not influenced by donor age, as indicated by the absence of significant differences in the incidence of primary nonfunction, arterial and biliary complications, postoperative function tests, and graft and patient survival. These results indicate that age per se should not be considered as a major criteria for accepting or rejecting donor livers for transplantation.

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