An evaluation of the impact of donor BMI on survival and post-transplant obesity in pediatric liver transplant recipients

Liver Transplantation, 04/04/2012

Overweight/obesity is common among liver transplant donors. This analysis suggests that for adult donors, BMI 25–35 should not by itself be a contraindication to liver donation. Severe obesity (BMI>35) in adult donors increased the risk of graft loss and mortality, even after adjustment for recipient, donor, and transplant risk factors. Post–transplant obesity was not associated with donor BMI in this analysis. Further research is needed to clarify the impact of donor obesity on pediatric liver transplant recipients.

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