Donors

In general, the majority of donors of organs for transplantation are cadaveric donors, and the general acceptance of the criteria of brainstem death allowed hearts and livers to be removed before irreparable damage occurred from ischemia.

However, in the case of a paired organ, such as the kidney, donors from within the family of the patient may be used. Living related donors have the attraction of providing a better chance of long-term graft survival than a cadaver kidney, but do expose the donor to the risk of a major operation. More recently the use of living related donors of a segment of liver (for children) and of lung is being explored by a number of units.

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