Korean J Gastroenterol.  2021 Jan;77(1):4-11. 10.4166/kjg.2020.167.

Current Status of Deceased Donor Liver Transplantation for Alcoholic Liver Disease in Korea in MELD Era

  • 1Department of Surgery, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


The organ allocation system should be fair and efficient to predict the prognosis of patients with end-stage organ failure. The liver allocation system in Korea was changed to the model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) score system from Child-Turcotte-Pugh score-based status system in 2016. Since then, there have been some changes in matching liver graft to recipients in deceased liver transplantation. The severity of sickness of the end-stage liver failure patients has been increased in the MELD era than before. Since 2013, liver transplantation for alcoholic liver disease has been gradually increasing in Korea. We should take proper evaluation into consideration when we decide early liver transplantation particularly for patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis, who have a high MELD score. Above all, overcoming organ shortage, it is necessary for us to try to increase the number of deceased donors to meet the need for liver transplantation for end-stage liver disease patients.


Liver transplantation; End stage liver disease; Liver diseases; alcoholic
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