Liver Transplantation with “Rescue Organ Offers” Within the Eurotransplant Area: A 2-year Report From the University Hospital Essen

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Abstract

Liver transplantation (LTx) is the only treatment for patients with end-stage liver failure. This report focuses on 45 deceased donor liver allografts allocated through Eurotransplant as “rescue offers,” which were accepted and subsequently transplanted at our center over a two-year period. These organs had been officially offered to and rejected by other transplant centers a total of 162 times prior to our acceptance. Primary nonfunction was observed in six patients. Two of them died and four were retransplanted. Overall patient survival was 84.4%. LTx with such “rescue organs” constitutes an additional transplant option and a safe mechanism to “rescue” organs within Eurotransplant.

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