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Liver donor requirements
CT scan performed for evaluation of a potential donor. The image shows an unusual variation of hepatic artery. The left hepatic artery supplies not only left lobe but also segment 8. The anatomy makes right lobe donation impossible. Even used as left lobe or lateral segment donation, it would be very technically challenging in anastomosing the small arteries.
Any member of the family, parent, sibling, child, spouse or a volunteer can donate their liver.
The criteria for a liver donation include:
Being in good health.
Having a blood type that matches or is compatible with the recipient's, although some centres now perform blood group incompatible transplants with special immuno suppression protocolsHaving a charitable desire of donation without financial motivation.
Being between 18 and 60 years old.
Being of similar or bigger size than the recipient.
Before one becomes a living donor, the donor must undergo testing to ensure that the individual is physically fit.
Sometimes CT scans or MRIs are done to image the liver. In most cases, the work up is done in 2–3 weeks.
Living donor surgery is done at a major center. Very few individuals require any blood transfusions during or after surgery. All potential donors should know there is a 0.5 to 1.0 percent chance of death. Other risks of donating a liver include bleeding, infection, painful incision, possibility of blood clots and a prolonged recovery.
The vast majority of donors enjoy complete and full recovery within 2–3 months.