Living donor liver transplantation

In the financial year to 31 March 2016, living donor liver transplantation accounted for 3.6% of living transplantation activity in the UK. The remaining percentage activity was due to living donor kidney transplantation. All 7 liver transplant centres have emerging living donation programmes but the majority of transplants are currently performed in three centres; St James's University Hospital, Leeds, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham and King's College Hospital, London.

Living donor liver transplants are performed in both adult and paediatric recipients but have been historically more common in paediatric recipients where the left lateral lobe is transplanted. The right lobe is transplanted in adult-adult transplants. The same criteria for registration onto the transplant list are applied to living liver recipients as for deceased donor organ recipients.

For information and guidance about the legislative framework and how it applies to living donor liver transplantation access the Human Tissue Authority website.

Participating centres have developed their own best practice guidelines for living donor liver transplantation. These can be accessed by contacting the relevant transplant centres.