07 Nov '11, 3am

Live liver donors have troubles years later: Study

Live liver donors have troubles years later: Study

People who have donated part of their liver for transplant can experience physical and psychological complications years after the operation, according to a German study. -- PHOTO: REUTERS (REUTERS) - People who have donated part of their liver for transplant can experience physical and psychological complications years after the operation, according to a German study. Almost half of the 83 liver donors surveyed had complaints ranging from pain and digestive problems to depression three or more years after surgery - but nearly all said they'd donate again, the study in the Annals of Surgery said. In a living-donor liver transplant, a team of surgeons removes a lobe of the donor's liver to implant in the recipient. The remaining portion of the donor's liver regrows to full size within two months. 'There is a risk for some long-term complaints, which may be potentially contr...

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