Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Live Liver Donors, Tied With Long Term Health Risks

Liver split and ready to be removed

by Art Writ HealBlog.net

Organ transplant is a very useful and effective treatment modality available nowadays for those individuals who have malfunctioning and damaged body organs. In fact, there are already breakthroughs regarding first organ transplants such as transplant of the heart, kidney, lungs, pancreas, and liver. However, it entails many serious health risks which should be addressed because of the possibility that it can manifest in the long run, especially among those donors, such as those liver donors, according to a German study.

Liver is one of the most significant body organs that human body has. It has many vital functions, some of which include: metabolism of food to convert it into energy, metabolism of medicines and alcohol, and production of bile which is important for the emulsification of fats ingested through a bolus of food. And according to some researches, the liver has the ability to re-grow making it fit for liver transplant.

The new study tackled about the possible health risks that those individuals who underwent donation of a part of their liver can experience in the long run. According to the study, those live liver donors can actually experience physical and psychological complications years after the surgery.

The study followed about 83 study participants who have an average age of 36 and have donated a part of their liver for about 6 years ago. The researchers found out that about almost 50 per cent of the study participants had complaints of pain, digestive problems and depression years after the surgery for liver transplant. Specifically, there were about 31 per cent of the live donors who had experienced either series of diarrhea or fat intolerance, and about 10 per cent had regurgitation of gastric contents which is called as gastroesophageal reflux disease, and 3 donors reported that they had experienced episodes of severe depression.

Although, surgeons would rather choose to do transplant using organs which were from cadavers, still the availability of the organs are not enough to suffice the number of patients who are needing organ transplants such as liver transplant.

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