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Arquivos de Gastroenterologia

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COELHO, Júlio Cezar Uili et al. Donor quality of life after living donor liver transplantation. Arq. Gastroenterol. [online]. 2005, vol.42, n.2, pp.83-88. ISSN 1678-4219.

BACKGROUND: Quality of life of the donor after living donor liver transplantation has not been evaluated in Brazil yet. AIM: To evaluate the quality of live of the donor after living donor liver transplantation. METHODS: Of a total of 300 liver transplantations, 51 were of living donors. All donors with less than 6 months of follow-up and those who did not want to participate were excluded from the study. The donors answered a questionnaire contained 28 questions about several aspects of donation. Demographic and clinical data from the donors were also evaluated. RESULTS: Thirty-seven donors were included in the study. Thirty-two were first or second degree relatives of the receptor. Only one donor would not donate again. Twenty-two donors (59%) experienced more postoperative pain than they had previously anticipated. Return to regular activities occurred in less than 3 months for 21 donors (57%). Twenty-one donors (57%) referred financial loss with the donation due to expenses with medications, exams, transportation or lost wages. Thirty-three (89%) had no modification or limitation in their lives after donation. The most negative aspects of donation were postoperative pain and the presence of a surgical scar. Most postoperative complications resolved with clinical treatment, but severe or potentially fatal complications occurred in two patients. CONCLUSIONS: Most donors had good recovery and returned to regular activities few months after donation. The most negative aspect of donation was postoperative pain.

Keywords : Quality of life; Liver transplantation; Organ procurement; Living donors.

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