Advances in adult living donor liver transplantation: A review based on reports from the 10th anniversary of the adult-to-adult living donor liver transplantation meeting in Tokyo

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  • Yasuhiko Sugawara,

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    1. Artificial Organ and Transplantation Division, Department of Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
    • Artificial Organ and Transplantation Division, Department of Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8655, Japan
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  • Masatoshi Makuuchi

    1. Artificial Organ and Transplantation Division, Department of Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
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Abstract

In 1993, the Shinshu Group performed the first successful adult-to-adult living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). During the first 10 years of LDLT, many technical innovations have been reported. The major limitation of LDLT for adult recipients is the size of the graft. To overcome the problem, several graft types were designed, including left liver graft with caudate lobe, right liver, modified right liver, and right lateral sector and dual grafts. The necessity and criteria of reconstruction of middle hepatic vein is still on debate in right liver graft without trunk of middle hepatic vein. Biliary reconstruction remains a significant source of morbidity in LDLT. Donor safety must always be the primary consideration in LDLT and the selection criteria and management of the living donor must continue to be refined. On February 21, 2004, the 10th anniversary of the adult-to-adult LDLT meeting was held in Tokyo to review the accumulated experience and the presented information is summarized. (Liver Transpl 2004;10:715–720.)

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