Live Liver Donors, Tied With Long Term Health Risks

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Organ transplant is a very useful and effective treatment modality available nowadays for those individuals who have malfunctioning and damaged body organs. In fact, there are already breakthroughs regarding first organ transplants such as transplant of the heart, kidney, lungs, pancreas, and liver. However, it entails many serious health risks which should be addressed because of the possibility that it can manifest in the long run, especially among those donors, such as those liver donors, according to a German study.

Liver is one of the most significant body organs that human body has. It has many vital functions, some of which include: metabolism of food to convert it into energy, metabolism of medicines and alcohol, and production of bile which is important for the emulsification of fats ingested through a bolus of food. And according to some researches, the liver has the ability to re-grow making it fit for liver transplant.

The new study tackled about the possible health risks that those individuals who underwent donation of a part of their liver can experience in the long run. According to the study, those live liver donors can actually experience physical and psychological complications years after the surgery.

The study followed about 83 study participants who have an average age of 36 and have donated a part of their liver for about 6 years ago. The researchers found out that about almost 50 per cent of the study participants had complaints of pain, digestive problems and depression years after the surgery for liver transplant. Specifically, there were about 31 per cent of the live donors who had experienced either series of diarrhea or fat intolerance, and about 10 per cent had regurgitation of gastric contents which is called as gastroesophageal reflux disease, and 3 donors reported that they had experienced episodes of severe depression.

Although, surgeons would rather choose to do transplant using organs which were from cadavers, still the availability of the organs are not enough to suffice the number of patients who are needing organ transplants such as liver transplant.

Moreover, according to the lead author, Georgios Sotiropoulos, professor of surgery and transplantation at University Hospital Essen in Germany, he said: “There is a risk for some long-term complaints, which may be potentially controllable by workup modifications, improvements in surgical techniques and a thorough follow-up of donors at the transplant centers.”

Based on the International Association of Living Organ Donors, “There is a tremendous need for liver transplants that isn’t being met through cadaveric donation. UNOS figures show more than 16,000 people await liver transplants, yet only about 5,000 transplants actually occur. There is an enormous gap.”

“The special characteristics of the human liver make living donation unique. While each of us has only one liver, it is a large, segmented organ that regenerates, allowing a surgeon to remove a portion yet have both the recipient and donor with complete livers within a matter of a few months.”





  1. My name is Alex, I am from Ukraine, I am 31 years old man. I do not smoke cigarettes and do not drink alcohol. My blood is O+ and I have a good health. If you need liver transplant I am ready to give part of my liver, but I want to receive a very big compensation for that…

    If you do not need liver transplant, but you know somebody who need it, please send my message to this person or keep it just in case.

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