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Can a liver failure patient be refused a place on the transplant waiting list if he abuses alcohol?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Yes: Alcoholism can lead to chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, and loss of liver function. Most liver transplant programs have strict rules about transplanting livers into non-recovered alcoholics. Very often documented abstinence of 6 months or more is required. Check with your local transplant program about their rules and protocols.

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