Surgeon removes donor liver from ice packaging

Surgeon removes donor liver from ice packaging

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Credit: J.L. MARTRA, PUBLIPHOTO DIFFUSION/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Donor liver. A surgeon removes a donor liver from ice packaging. The donor liver is stored in cooled saline (salt and water) solution in which it can be preserved for up to 8 hours. Most donor livers are obtained from patients who have suffered brain death. The liver is therefore still functioning at the time of its removal and time spent without a normal blood supply is kept to a minimum. Liver transplants are performed only on patients with life-threatening or severely debilitating liver disease. Diseased livers are removed and the donor organ inserted in it's place. Part of transplant image sequence: M575/035-047.

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Keywords: donor, donor liver, healthcare, hospital procedure, liver, liver transplant, medical, medicine, organ, organ transplant, people person persons, saline solution, surgery, surgical treatment, transplant

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