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Liver Donation Evaluation: Next Steps

If the second part of the evaluation shows that you can be a donor, you can choose to enter the third stage of the screening. In this stage, tests are done to measure the size, blood flow, and condition of your liver. These tests include having images of your liver and its blood vessels made by:
 
It's important for the donated liver to work properly and have a good blood supply. Both of these things influence how well the liver will work in the person receiving it.
 

Other Tests During the Liver Donation Evaluation Process

Depending on your health, medical history, and results of your previous tests, more tests may be needed to see if you qualify to be a liver donor. Some of these can include:
 
  • A liver biopsy, where a needle is used to remove a small sample of the liver tissue (see Liver Biopsy for Liver Donor Evaluation)
  • An angiogram, where a special dye is put into the liver's blood vessels so that x-ray pictures can be taken of your liver (see Angiogram and Liver Donation)
  • Meeting with other specialists or having other tests.
     
Finally, all potential donors will also have a mental health evaluation to make sure they are emotionally and mentally able to deal with donation surgery (see Mental Health Evaluation for Liver Donation).
 
Not every liver donor will need all of these tests. The purpose of each test is to fully evaluate the factors that will determine your risk as a donor and the health of your liver.
 
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