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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 20, Issue 5, Pages 339-343

Adult-to-Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation

Shimul A Shah, Gary A Levy, Lesley D Adcock, Gary Gallagher, and David R Grant

Multiorgan Transplant Program, University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Received 15 January 2006; Accepted 16 January 2006

Copyright © 2006 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The present review outlines the principles of living donor liver transplantation, donor workup, procedure and outcomes. Living donation offers a solution to the growing gap between the need for liver transplants and the limited availability of deceased donor organs. With a multidisciplinary team focused on donor safety and experienced surgeons capable of performing complex resection/reconstruction procedures, donor morbidity is low and recipient outcomes are comparable with results of deceased donor transplantation.