A 39-year-old member asked:
when might a liver need a transplant?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Stuart Flechner answered
45 years experience Urology
Does not function : When the liver permanently ceases to function. Can result from congenital diseases, infections, bile duct diseases, tumors, etc. The liver is needed to remove drugs and other waste products, makes bile, proteins, and is responsible for the clotting factors. A blocked liver can cause fluid retention (ascites) and result in jaundice (yellow skin) and/or encephalopathy.
Answered on Jul 4, 2014
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