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Twenty-seven years ago, liver transplantation at Addenbrooke's Hospital was a very experimental procedure. It is now recognized as an accepted mode of treatment for end-stage liver failure. In the coming year, over 600 liver transplants will take place in the United Kingdom. All western European countries now have an active liver transplantation program and more than 17,000 liver transplants have already been performed. As results improve and the procedure becomes more readily and widely accepted, the donor shortage is likely to get worse, and will be only partially met by the introduction of split livers and living-related donors.


Journal article


Clin Transpl

Publication Date



171 - 176


Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Biliary Atresia, Child, Cystic Fibrosis, England, Female, Hospitals, Urban, Humans, Infant, Infant, Newborn, Liver Cirrhosis, Liver Transplantation, Male, Middle Aged, Reoperation, Survival Rate, Time Factors, Tissue and Organ Procurement