The impact of donor age on the outcome of adult living donor liver transplantation

Takayuki Iwamoto, Takahito Yagi, Yuzo Umeda, Daisuke Sato, Hiroyoshi Matsukawa, Hiroaki Matsuda, Susumu Shinoura, Hiroshi Sadamori, Kenji Mizuno, Ryuichi Yoshida, Noriaki Tanaka

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BACKGROUND. The negative effects of increased donor age on liver transplantation became evident in deceased donor liver transplantation. In living donor liver transplantation (LDLT), the details remain unclear. METHODS. Initially, 137 adult LDLT recipients from August 1996 to May 2005 were divided into two groups (donors<50 years of age: n=99, donors≥50 years of age: n=38) for the retrospective study. Then, 24 recipients who received LDLT from June 2005 to July 2006 were divided into two groups: group 1 (donors<50 years of age, n=14) and group 2 (donors≥50 years of age, n=10) and enrolled in the prospective study to analyze their clinical course and prognostic factors in the aged graft. RESULTS. In the retrospective study, the younger donor group had significantly better survival than that of the aged donor group (P=0.015, Log rank test). In the prospective study, the postoperative graft functions showed that the serum total bilirubin levels were significantly lower in group 1 (P<0.02, by ANOVA analysis). The phosphorylated-Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription3 expression at 4 hr after reperfusion (RT2) in group 2 was significantly lower than that in group 1. At RT2, the expressions were up-regulated in group 1, but were down-regulated in group 2. The serum 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine value became significantly higher in group 1 two weeks after LDLT. CONCLUSIONS. In the near term, Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription3 gene induction during cold preservation may be of great use in improving the outcome of aged grafts in LDLT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1240-1245
Number of pages6
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - May 2008


  • Donor age
  • Liver transplantation
  • Living donor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation


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