Split-Liver Transplantation: A Review

John F. Renz, Hasan Yersiz, Paulo R. Reichert, Garrett M. Hisatake, Douglas G. Farmer, Jean C. Emond, Ronald W. Busuttil

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Split-liver transplantation (SLT), a procedure where one cadaver liver is divided to provide for two recipients, offers immediate expansion of the existing cadaver donor pool. To date, the principal beneficiaries of SLT have been adult/pediatric recipient pairs with excellent outcomes reported; however, the current scarcity of cadaver organs has renewed interest in expanding these techniques to include two adult recipients from one adult cadaver donor. Significant obstacles to the widespread application of SLT exist and must be resolved by the transplant community before greater utilization can be realized. This manuscript reviews the historic background, surgical techniques, current results, and obstacles impeding further application of SLT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1323-1335
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2003


  • Hepatobiliary surgery
  • Liver transplantation
  • Organ donation
  • Partial-organ liver transplantation
  • Pediatric liver transplantation
  • Split-liver transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Transplantation
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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