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Do You Need The Whole Liver To Do A Transplant
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
Moderation: After successful liver transplantation, nutritional requirements are simple moderation, of food , small frequent meals with vitamin and mineral supplements, avoid salt. Some foods prevent absorption of anti rejection medications, like antacids, grape juice etc, avoid high potassium. Prevent infection from raw uncooked food . Most important aspect is medical team supervision. ...Read more
Liver failure: There are a number of conditions that lead to shutdown of the liver. Some you can be born with, others are anatomic problems, some are infections and still others are toxins. Regardless of the cause when the liver doesn't work our bodies don't work. The only cure for total liver failure is transplantation. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
If my family has a history of liver failure and needing liver transplants, can I get on a donation list ahead of time to prepare?
No.: To get on the list for a liver transplant, you must be in liver failure. However, you should visit a hepatologist (liver specialist) so that your family's underlying liver disease can be diagnosed and you can receive the proper treatment before your liver fails. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My husband has cirrosis of the liver due to hepc, if he needed a transplant could I give him half of my liver since it regenerates, if we are a match?
Yes, but...: Be very careful with choosing the transplant center to have these operations. The donor operation is risky with a steep learning curve. Complication rates (both major and minor complications) for donors run somewhere between 40-50%. If you are not close to an experienced live-donor liver transplant center, you may be much better off staying with deceased donor liver transplant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My dad recvd a dual transplant liver/kid less than a yr ago. Since he has started drinking more then ever. I need advice. I'm going nuts.....?
What ashame: Your dad was given a second chance. There are fewer liver transplant donors than there are potential recipients. What ashame if he is indeed not caring for his new liver by drinking alcohol heavily--a liver that could have been lifesaving for someone who might have better cared for it. Express to him your concern, ask to accompany him to his liver clinic, & get his permission to recruit their help. ...Read more
How effective is partial liver transplants for patients with cirrosis caused by hepc in the future if need be...?
Very: Partial liver transplants (living donor liver transplant) can be as effective as deceased donors but careful selection of both donor and recipient is the key. Make sure you are affiliated with a high volume center that specializes in this technique. Not every transplant center does this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more
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