100th Adult Living-Donor Liver Transplant Performed
ISMETT, a leading Italian transplant center located in Palermo, Sicily, has performed its 100th adult living-donor liver transplant. The patient, a Sicilian woman from Catania, received part of her husband’s liver in October and was discharged in December. The first living-donor transplant at the hospital was performed in 2002. In addition to the 100 transplants in adults, 15 have been performed on children. The transplant of the living organ is markedly different from most other transplants and are possible because of the liver’s ability to regenerate. It can be split in two and several weeks after surgery, returns to its normal size, both in the donor and recipient.