Liver Transpl 2010 Jun;16(6):701-4
Department of Surgery, University Hospital of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany.
The increasing donor organ shortage requires the consideration of any possible organ donor in order to meet the current demand. However, the growing number of long-term survivors of liver transplantation may create a situation in which former organ recipients may experience brain death with a functioning graft and therefore become organ donors themselves. Previous reports concerning this rare situation predominantly refer to the reuse of donor organs within the first 8 days after primary liver transplantation. So far, only a single case of late reuse of a donor liver has been published, with 2 additional cases mentioned in a summary of the United Network for Organ Sharing database. Here we report the case of a 43-year-old female donor who had received a liver graft for complications of Budd-Chiari syndrome 5 years before becoming an organ donor herself after cerebral infarction with consecutive brain death.