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Preparation of donor liver for transplant surgery

Preparation of donor liver for transplant surgery

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

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Donor liver preparation. A team of transplant surgeons prepare a donor liver for transplantation. The surgeons are using scissors to cut the liver ready for transplantation. The donor liver is also undergoing perfusion (washing with oxygenated fluids), usually performed in a saline (salt & water) solution. Functioning donor livers are obtained from patients who have suffered brain death. They can be stored in cold saline for up to 8 hours. Liver transplants are performed on patients with life-threatening liver disease. Part of transplant image sequence: M575/035-047.

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