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What medical problems can stop you from donating a liver?

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If you want to be a donor, your liver, kidneys, and thyroid need to be working right. Transplant centers also want to know that you don't have medical problems like these:

  • Liver disease, including hepatitis
  • Diabetes (or a strong family history of the disease)
  • Heart, kidney, or lung disease
  • Gastrointestinal disease, autoimmune disorders, neurologic disease, and certain blood disorders
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cancer (or once had some types of cancer)
  • High blood pressure that's not under control
  • Current or long-term infections, including hepatitis C
  • Use of alcohol or recreational drugs, including marijuana

From: Who Can Donate a Liver? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Living Donor Liver Transplant," "The Liver Donor Evaluation Process," "What to Expect as a Liver Donor."

Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network: "Policies."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Living Donor Liver Transplant."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "The Living Donation Process."

American Transplant Foundation: "About Living Donation."

United Network for Organ Sharing: "Living Donation: Information you need to know."

Columbia University Center for Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation: "Living Donor Liver Transplantation FAQs."

University of Wisconsin Health: "Live Liver Donation Frequently Asked Questions."

Liver Transplantation : "Utilization of elderly donors in living donor liver transplantation: When more is less?"

Seattle Children's Hospital: "A Closer Look: Transplant with Dr. Patrick Healey."

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center: "Liver Donor Requirements & Qualifications."

International Association of Living Organ Donors: "Assessment of Potential Donors."

UC Davis Health System: "Donor Selection Criteria."

University of California, San Francisco: "Living Liver Donor Transplant."

Cleveland Clinic Transplant Center: "What You Need to Know About Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on August 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Living Donor Liver Transplant," "The Liver Donor Evaluation Process," "What to Expect as a Liver Donor."

Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network: "Policies."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Living Donor Liver Transplant."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "The Living Donation Process."

American Transplant Foundation: "About Living Donation."

United Network for Organ Sharing: "Living Donation: Information you need to know."

Columbia University Center for Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation: "Living Donor Liver Transplantation FAQs."

University of Wisconsin Health: "Live Liver Donation Frequently Asked Questions."

Liver Transplantation : "Utilization of elderly donors in living donor liver transplantation: When more is less?"

Seattle Children's Hospital: "A Closer Look: Transplant with Dr. Patrick Healey."

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center: "Liver Donor Requirements & Qualifications."

International Association of Living Organ Donors: "Assessment of Potential Donors."

UC Davis Health System: "Donor Selection Criteria."

University of California, San Francisco: "Living Liver Donor Transplant."

Cleveland Clinic Transplant Center: "What You Need to Know About Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on August 17, 2018

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