The morbidity and mortality from donation of a right hepatic lobe for living donor liver transplantation is an important issue for this procedure.
Dr James Trotter and colleagues investigated the prevalence of severe psychiatric postoperative complications from the Adult-to-Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation Cohort study.
The study was established to define the risks and benefits of living donor liver transplantation for donors and recipients.
|4% had 1 or multiple psychiatric complications |
The research team evaluated severe psychiatric complications in 392 donors from the study who were evaluated between 1998 and 2003.
Of all the donors, 4% had 1 or multiple psychiatric complications, including 3 severe psychiatric complications.
The team noted that the severe psychiatric complications included suicide, accidental drug overdose, and suicide attempt.
Dr Trotter's team concludes, "Despite extensive preoperative screening, some donors experience severe psychiatric complications, including suicide, after liver donation."
"Psychiatric assessment and monitoring of liver donors may help to understand and prevent such tragic events."