Liver Transplant Recipient Criteria
The patient’s guide from USC also lists some factors, from UNOS, that are considered before a patient may receive a donated organ. They include:
The condition of the patient. If a patient develops an illness or otherwise is too weak or ill to operate on, they may not receive an organ at that time, though they can remain on the waiting list.
The condition of the donor and donated organ. There may be factors such as diabetes or injury that can prevent a donated organ from being accepted or from being given to any particular recipient. This includes viability factors such as how long the organ has been outside the donor’s body and any possible problems that occurred in-transit with the organ.
Pre-surgery compatibility testing. Prior to surgery, tests are done to ensure the condition of the organ for the recipient. These final matching tests may reveal unknown problems that make the organ unsuitable for a particular recipient.
Location. As mentioned previously, location can also be a critical factor in whether a matching organ may be used for any particular donor. Time is of the essence and there is a limited amount of viability with donated organs. This is a factor considered by the transplant surgical team, as well as UNOS.