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What complications are there with liver transplantation?

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Dr. Abdullah Mubarak
Hepatology 28 years experience
Varies: Most patients thrive and do well after liver transplant. However, surgical complications, recurrence of the disease in the new liver (depends on reason for transplant), rejection of the liver- which generally can be treated easily by medications, anti rejection medication related side effects and infections etc. Although these complications occur majority of patients have a better quality of life.
Dr. Kian Modanlou
Transplant Surgery 22 years experience
Varies in degree: Common (ususally not serious): superficial wound infection; hernia; bleeding requiring blood transfusion or reoperation, bile leak requiring stenting or reoperation; infection due to suppressed immune function less common (more serious): vessel clotting requiring reoperation or re-transplant; primary non-function of the liver requiring emergent re-transplant; severe infections.

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What are some common complications following a liver transplant?

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Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 39 years experience
Technical + Medical: Early after the txp, any of the 4 or 5 connections (# varies) can either be too tight, too loose, or twisted. Fixing these problems usually requires reoperation or repair by interventional radiology. Later, recurrence of the original liver disease (hepatitis or cancer) can happen. Rejection is always a concern, and the meds used to prevent it also cause problems, particularly infections.

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