Live versus deceased donor in uterus transplantation

Uterus transplantation can successfully be performed with the organ from either live or deceased donors. There exist pros and cons with each donor source.

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Volume 112, Issue 1, Pages 24–27


Niclas Kvarnström, M.D., Ph.D., Anders Enskog, M.D., Ph.D., Pernilla Dahm-Kähler, M.D., Ph.D., Mats Brännström, M.D., Ph.D.


Uterus transplantation to treat absolute uterine factor infertility is a rapidly evolving field still at its early clinical experimental stage. Most human uterus transplantation attempts and live births have been after transplantation with uteri from live donors, who, in most cases, are closely related to the recipient. However, successful transplant with live births after uterus transplantation from deceased donors has also been reported. This article discusses the pros and cons in relation to live and deceased donors for uterus transplantation.

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Fertility and Sterility

Editorial Office, American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Fertility and Sterility® is an international journal for obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, basic scientists and others who treat and investigate problems of infertility and human reproductive disorders.