Recipient and Donor Selection and Transplant Logistics—The European Perspective
The intermediate and long-term outcome following orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) have improved significantly over the years, with 1- and 5-year patient survival rates of 90 % and 75 %, respectively. This success resulted in growing numbers of potential transplant recipients on waiting lists. The unchanged number of liver grafts during the last decades cannot meet the increasing demand for available organs (Fig. 6.1). Therefore regardless of various organ allocation policies adopted by transplant programs, waiting list mortality remains a major problem. This chapter will describe the current situation in Europe with special emphasis on efforts to increase the availability of liver grafts.
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