Liver transplantation from living related donors was unthinkable until recently, when the safety of modern hepatic surgery became widely appreciated. The first step was the successful demonstration that parts of livers could be transplanted. This technique, termed reduced-size liver transplantation, evolved into reliable procedures to allow parents to donate small parts of their livers to small children. More recently, right hepatectomy, in which up to 70% of the liver is resected for donation, has been performed in adults. As the demand for liver transplantation continues to increase, the development of ethically sound, medically and surgically optimal programs for routine use of living donors has become essential. This chapter provides a broad overview of the evolution and current state of liver transplantation with living donors.


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