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  • Rocco N. ARTURO
    Feb 27 4:16 AM
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      The New York Times (National Section)

      February 27, 2003

      National Briefing: Science and Health

      RISKS IN LIVER TRANSPLANTS Adult liver transplants that use partial
      organs taken from live people carry a higher-than-expected 1-in-7 chance
      of serious complications for the donor but a lower risk of death than
      doctors thought, a study says. The live-donor procedure involves giving
      the donor's right liver lobe, the larger one, to the transplant
      recipient. Each lobe grows to the size of a full liver in about six
      weeks. The first detailed study of the increasingly common operation
      reported today in the New England Journal of Medicine, found just one
      donor death in 449 such transplants done in the United States from 1997
      through late 2000, but 14 percent of donors had serious complications.

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