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J Korean Soc Transplant. 2011 Sep;25(3):184-189. Korean.
Published online September 30, 2011.
Copyright © 2011 The Korean Society for Transplantation
Outcomes of Early Liver Transplantation in a Hospital That Is Starting to Perform Liver Transplantation
Eun Kyoung Lee, M.D.,1 Seong-Hwan Chang, M.D.,1 Duk-Kyung Kim, M.D.,2 Bo Sung Cheon, M.D.,1 Young-Sang Hong, M.D.,1 Byoung Joon Kang, M.D.,1 Sang Eun Nam, M.D.,1 Jae Hoon Sim, M.D.,1 Hae-Won Lee, M.D.,1 and Ik Jin Yun, M.D.1
1Department of Surgery, Konkuk University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
2Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Konkuk University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Corresponding author (Email: )
Received July 22, 2011; Accepted September 05, 2011.



In Korea, the number of liver transplantation (LT) center is still changing. Many more centers are performing liver transplantations than that during the past decades. But several centers have stopped liver transplantation, while some centers have newly started performing liver transplantation. We present our initial experience in a newly built center as an example for any center that is considering performing LT.


A total of 33 consecutive adult LTs that were performed from June 2006 to October 2009 were analyzed by comparing the first 11 living donor liver transplants (LDLTs) performed with the help of an outside experienced team (group 2) with the second 11 LDLTs (group 3) and the 11 deceased donor liver transplantations (DDLTs) cases (group 1) that were independently performed in our center.


There was no operative mortality for the donors and there were two operative mortalities for the recipients. During a mean follow-up of 27.1 months (range: 2 days~61 months), there were two cases of late mortality for the recipients. There were no re-operations and no major complications for the donors. The warm ischemic time was significantly longer in group 1 than that in groups 2 and 3. Otherwise, there was no significant difference in the operative outcomes among the three groups.


Thorough preparation and the valuable assistance of an experienced liver transplantation team at the beginning can facilitate a more rapid learning curve and bring about good outcomes even in a small, newly established institution.

Keywords: Liver transplantation; Learning curve; Treatment outcome


Fig. 1
Cumulative survival rates of the three groups. There was no significant difference among the three groups (P-value=0.071).
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Table 1
Clinical characteristics of recipients
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Table 2
Outcomes of recipients
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Table 3
Characteristics and outcomes of living donors
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