Practice patterns and considerations in liver transplantation from living donors with high BMI: A review

Samaha C., Chaaban H., ŞİMŞEK C., DANIŞ N., Lin J. S., Gurakar A.

Hepatology Forum, vol.4, no.3, pp.145-149, 2023 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.14744/hf.2023.2023.0030
  • Journal Name: Hepatology Forum
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.145-149
  • Keywords: Hepatic steatosis, MRI-PDFF, obesity
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Living Donor Liver Transplantation (LDLT) is a valuable solution to the shortage of donor organs for patients with end-stage liver disease. However, the eligibility of obese donors for LDLT remains a subject of debate. This literature review explores global practices and perceptions of LDLT, identifies donor eligibility criteria, and discusses special considerations and ethical caveats. The review highlights the need for standardized guidelines for donor selection, considering the global distribution of Body mass index and variations in population-specific criteria. It also emphasizes the importance of non-invasive testing and pre-operative optimization of liver steatosis for select obese donors. Furthermore, the review examines the outcomes and complications associated with obese donors in LDLT. The findings of this review contribute to the ongoing discussion on the inclusion of obese donors in LDLT and provide insights for future research and guideline development.