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Forum Name: Liver Diseases

Question: Liver Transplant

 guest51 - Wed Apr 26, 2006 2:07 am

We have a daughter with ARPKD/CHF (age 19), her older sister donated a kidney to her in January 2000, no problems, everything went very well until now.
The doctor's are telling us she may now need a liver transplant. Her older sister (age 26) would also like to be the liver donor. Can anyone tell me if this can be done. Can a person who has already donate a kidney than again donate part of her liver 6 years later?
Thanks in advance
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Thu May 11, 2006 2:51 pm

User avatar Dear guest51,

Yes, she can do that, but even without having donated her kidney six years ago, a living-related liver donor carries a high risk during and after surgery.

Living related liver transplantation has to be performed in centers specialized in such surgeries.

If your daughter still insists that she wants to donate part of her liver to her younger sister (which i think is a very impressive act of love), she will have to be informed by the transplant surgeons in full about the possible side effects of surgery.

Your daughter will be very thoroughly evaluated by the transplant team to see whether or not she is going to be fit for such a surgery.

Thank you very much for using our website and I hope that this information helped.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.

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