THE HEART OF THE MATTER
a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA) 

Week: 555.5 Guest: Dr. Carlos Esquivel, liver transplant specialist, Stanford Medical Ctr. Topic: The split liver transplant Producer/Host: Steve Girard

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NEMA: Both children and adults are waiting for liver transplants...many die waiting. That's what makes a split liver transplant an excitingly practical procedure. Practiced for several years in Europe, it is now making its mark here through teams like the one at Stanford University Medical Center headed by Dr. Carlos Esquivel

Esquivel: You can separate the liver in two large units and use the biggest portion of the liver for the adult patient, and the smallest portion of the liver for the pediatric patient. I think we're going to be seeing this split liver transplantation more and more in the United States to alleviate the problems of organ shortage.

NEMA: These pieces of liver will grow, and attain normal size in these patients...

ESQUIVEL: The liver is a unique organ, and it has a tremendous capacity for regeneration.

NEMA: Which is tremendous reason for optimism...I'm Steve Girard for the Heart of the Matter.