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Deceased donation in Asia: Challenges and opportunities†
Article first published online: 26 OCT 2012
Copyright © 2012 American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Supplement: Reaching the Summit: Challenges and Obstacles in Liver Transplantation
Volume 18, Issue Supplement S2, pages S5–S7, November 2012
How to Cite
Lo, C.-M. (2012), Deceased donation in Asia: Challenges and opportunities. Liver Transpl, 18: S5–S7. doi: 10.1002/lt.23545
Potential conflict of interest: Nothing to report.
- Issue published online: 26 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 26 OCT 2012
- Accepted manuscript online: 7 SEP 2012 08:58AM EST
- Manuscript Received: 31 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 31 AUG 2012
1. The deceased donation rate is low in Asia, and there is a critical shortage of liver grafts.
2. The number of liver transplants in Asia has increased rapidly during the last decade, mainly because of the rapid increase in the use of living donor liver transplantation (LDLT).
3. Various social, cultural, religious, and economic factors account for the low rate of deceased donation, and there is marked diversity between different countries and even within individual countries.
4. There are excellent opportunities for the actualization of deceased donation through legislation, education, donor actions, and innovations.
5. In the foreseeable future, LDLT will continue to play a crucial role for patients with liver disease in Asia. Liver Transpl, 2012. © 2012 AASLD.