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Gut. 2002 Feb;50(2):143-5.

Living related liver transplantation: medical and social aspects of a controversial therapy.

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Department of General Surgery and Transplantation, University Hospital Essen, Hufelandstr 55, 45122 Essen, Germany. christoph.broelsch@uni-essen.de

Abstract

There are more than 15,000 patients waiting for a liver transplant in the USA, with an average waiting time of 468 days and a mortality rate as high as 15-20%. Until artificial organs or xenotransplantation becomes a reality, living donor liver transplantation remains the best option for patients with end stage liver disease.

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PMC1773103
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