Hepatology International

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 148–151 | Cite as

Living donor liver transplant (LDLT) is the way forward in Asia

  • Mohamed RelaEmail author
  • Mettu Srinivas Reddy
Point of View


Living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) is currently the commonest form of liver transplantation in Asia. Efforts to improve the number of deceased donor liver transplantation have not been uniformly successful. We believe that THE unique combination of demographic, social, economic and political factors that exist in Asia will ensure that LDLT will continue to remain the predominant form of liver transplantation. While efforts to increase deceased donation rates should continue and intensify, progress in LDLT should also be supported and encouraged, as it will be the main workhorse of liver transplantation in Asia in the near and medium-term future.


Living donor liver transplantation Deceased donor liver transplantation Asia International liver transplants 


Compliance with ethical standards


There is no external funding for this study.

Conflict of interest

Mohamed Rela and Mettu Srinivas Reddy declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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© Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Liver Disease and TransplantationGlobal Health CityChennaiIndia
  2. 2.National Foundation for Liver ResearchChennaiIndia

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