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ISSN (Print): 1574-8871
ISSN (Online): 1876-1038

Review Article

Domino Liver Transplantation: Where are we Now?

Author(s): Francesco Santopaolo, Ilaria Lenci, Alessandra Bosa, Mario Angelico, Martina Milana and Leonardo Baiocchi*

Volume 14, Issue 3, 2019

Page: [183 - 188] Pages: 6

DOI: 10.2174/1574887114666190320123824

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Background: Domino transplant occurs when a recipient explanted graft is used for a second recipient.

Introduction: The first experience came from thoracic surgery by the observation that many patients during heart-lung transplantation actually showed a functional heart that could be employed in other subjects with a good result.

Results: This concept was then extended to the field of liver transplantation. At present, some patients transplanted for an inborn metabolic disease may be considered as excellent domino liver donors.

Conclusion: The results, limitations, clinical challenges and the donor and recipient features of domino liver transplantation are discussed in this manuscript.

Keywords: Amyloidosis transthyretin, domino, human, inborn disease, liver, transplantation.

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