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Who Can Donate a Liver?

Living-Donor Liver Transplant Criteria and Requirements

Living-donor liver transplants would not be possible without those who choose to donate a portion of their liver to enhance the life of a person with liver disease. This is possible because of the liver’s unique ability to regenerate, or regrow, after donation.

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Who Can Become a Living-Liver Donor?

A healthy donor must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 60.
  • Be in good physical and mental health.
  • Have a BMI less than or equal to 32.
  • Not engage in active ongoing drug or substance use.
  • Have an unselfish desire to contribute to another person’s life in a healthy way.
  • Be in general good health with no history of:
    • Liver disease, including cirrhosis and hepatitis.
    • Significant diseases involving the other organs: lung, kidney, and heart.
    • Pulmonary hypertension.
    • HIV.
    • Active malignant cancers.

To become a living-liver donor, you must have a compatible blood type.

A potential donor must pass the following exams/screenings:

  • Blood tests.
  • Chest x-rays.
  • CT scan.
  • Tissue matching.

How Can I Become a Living-Liver Donor?

To become a living donor, you do not have to be related to the recipient. The liver will regrow back to the original size in about three months post-donation. The Living Donor Transplant team understands that every transplant is different, and they will be there with you every step of the way.