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Liver transplantation: Donor selection

Scott J Cotler, MD
Section Editor
Robert S Brown, Jr, MD, MPH
Deputy Editor
Kristen M Robson, MD, MBA, FACG


The shortage of available donor organs is the major limiting factor in liver transplantation. Optimal deceased donors are generally young, previously healthy persons who develop a fatal brain injury due to causes such as head trauma, intracerebral hemorrhage, or anoxia. The relative paucity of donor organs has led transplant centers to consider organs from marginal donors.

This topic will review the selection process for deceased donors and examine donor characteristics associated with recipient outcomes. Patient selection for liver transplantation, living donor liver transplantation, and ethical issues in liver transplantation are discussed elsewhere.

(See "Liver transplantation in adults: Patient selection and pretransplantation evaluation".)

(See "Living donor liver transplantation".)

(See "Ethical issues in liver transplantation".)

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