Domino Liver Transplant at Emory University Hospital

August 28, 2009

Surgeons at Emory University Hospital performed a very rare domino liver transplant in July. This procedure is so rare that only about 100 have taken place in the United States.

During a domino liver transplant, doctors take the first liver from a deceased donor and transplant it into a recipient. That recipient's liver then is transplanted into a second recipient. The patients, a 24-year-old battling Maple Syrup Urine Disease and a 53-year-old suffering from HIV and Hepatitis C contracted from a blood transfusion in the 1980's, are recovering in an Atlanta hospital.

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