Affordable Access

deepdyve-link
Publisher Website

Adult living-related liver donation for acute liver failure: is it ethically appropriate?

Authors
  • Carlisle, Erica M
  • Angelos, Peter
  • Siegler, Mark
  • Testa, Giuliano
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical Transplantation
Publisher
Wiley (Blackwell Publishing)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2011
Volume
25
Issue
6
Pages
813–820
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1399-0012.2011.01413.x
PMID: 21320164
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Acute liver failure (ALF) results in the annual death of approximately 3.5 per million people in the United States. Unfortunately, given the marked shortage of cadaveric liver donations and the ethical questions that plague utilization of living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) for ALF, many patients with ALF die before a liver is allocated to them. In this review, we discuss how the consistent utilization of LDLT for ALF could decrease the mortality rate of ALF. Additionally, we examine a key underlying issue: is LDLT for ALF ethically appropriate?

Report this publication

Statistics

Seen <100 times