Clin Liver Dis 2005 Nov;9(4):767-86, viii-ix
Division of Liver Diseases, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1104, New York, NY 10039, USA.
The increasing awareness of liver diseases and their early detection have led to an increase in the number of transplant waiting list candidates over the past decade. This need has not been matched by the actual number of orthotopic liver transplantations performed. Live donor liver transplantation (LDLT) is an innovative surgical technique intended to expand the available organ donor pool. Although LDLT offers definite advantages to the recipient, it offers none to the donor except for the possibility of psychological well-being. Clinical research studies aimed at the prospective collection of data for donors and recipients need to be conducted.