Transplant of Elderly Patients: Is There an Upper Age Cutoff?

Claudia Cottone, Nathalie A. Pena Polanco, Kalyan Ram Bhamidimarri

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Increased life expectancy and advances in the care of chronic liver disease has increased the number of elderly patients needing liver transplant. Organ donation policies prioritize transplant to the sickest. There is an ongoing debate with regard to balancing the principles of equity and utility. Several hospitals have adopted center-specific policies and there has been an increased trend of transplant in elderly patients since 2002. Appropriate patient selection and long-term outcomes in the setting of limited organ availability pose several challenges. This article reviews the data and discusses the pros and cons of transplants in the elderly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-227
Number of pages19
JournalClinics in liver disease
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • Age limit
  • Elderly recipients
  • Liver transplant
  • Old donors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology


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