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when does a liver transplant become necessary?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
45 years experience Urology
When liver fails: When the degree of liver dysfunction does not permit the removal of toxins in the blood or the formation of proteins needed for normal survival like clotting proteins; the liver may need to be replaced. A failing liver can affect many vital functions including altering of mental status.
Answered on Jul 11, 2013
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Dr. Stephen Cheng
34 years experience Transplant Surgery
Symptoms are severe: Basically patients with chronic liver disease are eligible for placement on the waiting list when their symptoms and complications from liver failure and liver cirrhosis (portal hypertension) become severe and difficult to manage.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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