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A deceased donor over the age of 60 with mild liver abnormalities. The term "expanded" is used because an expansion of the donor pool is considered to increase transplantation. With an ECD liver, the waiting time may be shorter.
Increasing the donor pool
Due to the shortage of donor organs to meet the growing demand, transplantation from an expanded criteria donor (ECD) may also be an option for some transplant candidates. ECD livers are not considered ideal or standard, but can significantly shorten the waiting time to transplantation.
Expanded donor guidelines
Organ procurement organizations consider the following to be expanded criteria donors for potential transplant if the recipient has given informed consent to receive such organs:
Donors age 70 to 80
Donors older than age 60 with a significant medical history
Donors with a history of high-risk social behaviors
Donors with a history of Hepatitis B or C exposure
Depending on a variety of factors, such as the disease that caused your liver to fail, your age, and your overall health condition, our transplant team may recommend ECD as a suitable option for you.
The Stanford Medicine Online Second Opinion program offers you easy access to our world-class doctors. It’s all done remotely and you don’t have to visit our hospital or one of our clinics for this service. You don’t even need to leave home!