A 44-year-old member asked:
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will an alcoholic who has been through rehab and quit drinking still be eligible for a liver transplant?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Yes.
Answered on Mar 2, 2013
Dr. Matthew Brown
31 years experience Transplant Surgery
Yes: Most transplant programs require 6 months of abstinance from alcohol before placing a patient on the waiting list. Successful completion of a rehab program also puts the patient in a stronger position.
Answered on Aug 16, 2017
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Dr. Amy Friedman
38 years experience Transplant Surgery
Might Not Need It: Yes, an alcoholic who has really accepted the extent of the problem, is dealing with it and is abstinent for at least 6-12 months meets transplant criteria. However, the good news is that without ongoing alcohol use the liver disease may stabilize and even improve. Moderate to advanced cirrhosis will not, but lesser damage may not ever require transplant if no more injury to the liver occurs.
Answered on Jan 22, 2014
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