A 35-year-old member asked:
will someone with alcohol dependency be refused a liver transplant?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Stuart Flechner answered
45 years experience Urology
If untreated: Those with alcoholic liver failure (cirrhosis), usually have to demonstrate the condition is resolved over time. Discuss the particular requirements with your liver transplant team.
Answered on Nov 20, 2012
Dr. Jonathan Fridell answered
26 years experience General Surgery
Liver transplant: Exclusively if you can stop, demonstrate sobriety with complete abstinence for six months and complete intensive outpatient therapy. Ultimately, all transplant programs have a listing committee that oversees this process.
Answered on Dec 17, 2014
Dr. Velma Scantlebury answered
39 years experience Transplant Surgery
Sobriety required: I agree with previous answers. If still dependant, will not be considered until alcohol free for at least 6 months minimum. Each center has their own criteria for consideration for listing for transplantation.
Answered on Dec 10, 2016
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