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'Left safer than right' in liver transplants

Researchers have found that the risks involved in liver transplants could in part be dependent on which side grafts are taken from.

In a study led by Dr Toshihiko Ikegami at Shinshu University, living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) procedures were monitored an it was found that those taken from the left lobe had lower risk to donors.

Dr Ikegami said: "We feel that left side grafts should be used more frequently in adult-to-adult LDLT, considering the lower risk to donors compared to right lobe grafts."

The report also investigated the impact of the size of the graft taken, to see whether it should be more or less than 35 per cent of their standard liver volume.

It found those who were given grafts of greater than 35 per cent had higher survival rates.

A recent study at the National Cancer Institute found that drinking three or more cups of coffee can help in the treatment of liver disease in hepatitis C patients.

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