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How long will a transplanted liver last?

How long will a transplanted liver last?

A long time: Potentially a transplanted liver can last decades, a lifetime. Some diseases, such as hepatitis c, can recur with a vengeance. But i often tell patients that if they make it the 1st yr, their bungee cord may break, their parachute may not open, but they won't die of liver disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Transplant (Definition)

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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How long does a transplanted liver last in recipients?

How long does a transplanted liver last in recipients?

Several variables: It can vary based on the cause of liver failure, source of the liver, and the condition of the recipient at the time of transplant. Overall about 70% of grafts are functioning at 5 years and 50% are functioning at 10 years after the trasplant. ...Read more

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How long will a liver transplant last?

How long will a liver transplant last?

Varies: Liver transplant life expectancy depends on the type of liver disease someone has prior to transplant. Such as, for hepatitis c 5 years life expectancy is around 70%. For other type of liver diseases it is more. Best life expectancy is seen with someone with primary biiliary cirrhosis. ...Read more

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How long will a liver transplant operation last?

How long will a liver transplant operation last?

Most are 6-12 hours: Hard to be specific since recipients or donor organs may have features that make the procedure more or less difficult. ...Read more

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My brother had a liver transplant at age of 4 he is now 14 he had acute liver failure his donor was a living donor how long should his new liver last?

My brother had a liver transplant at age of 4 he is now 14 he had acute liver failure his donor was a living donor how long should his new liver last?

Too many variables: ...which can be explored in further depth. However, HealthTap doctors are asked to defer answering questions posed by individuals under 16. Sorry we can't be of more help. ...Read more

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How long to people live with liver transplants?

How long to people live with liver transplants?

Unknown: The unfortunate but fundamental truth while dealing with this question is that there is no final and definitive answer. This unavailability of an answer can be attributed to a variety of factors. One of them being that the whole phenomenon of liver transplantation is too recent an endeavor in medical science and hence, research and studies are still being held to understand the possible life expec. ...Read more

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How long can someone live with chirrosis of the liver without a transplant?

How long can someone live with chirrosis of the liver without a transplant?

Depends: This largely depends on how advanced the cirrhosis is, as well as what originally caused the cirrhosis. If the insult that caused the cirrhosis no longer exists (for example, someone with alcoholic cirrhosis who stopped drinking), you could probably go a long time without needing a transplant. However, if the liver continues to be damaged, a transplant may become necessary. ...Read more

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How long can a person with cirrohsis of the liver live without a transplant?

Depends: It depends on how severe the cirrhosis is. Some people never need a transplant and they live many years. Others will die within days if they don't have a transplant. It depends on how severe your cirrhosis is and how you and your doctor manage it. ...Read more

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If a person has chirrosis of the liver how long could they live without a transplant?

Depends: Cirrhosis is an end stage result of liver disease caused by a number of things(alcohol, autoimmune, virus)in later stages one may experience yellowing of skin(jaundice), itching, easy bruising and in the final stages confusion. One can live quit a long time with cirrhosis as long as they avoid anything that may further harm the liver. Any of the above noted symptoms often mean months to weeks left. ...Read more

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How long can live after liver transplant?

Liver transplant: There is no exact model to predict survival rates; however, there is a 58% chance of surviving 15 years. Failure of the new liver occurs in 10% to 15% of all cases. These percentages are contributed to by many complications such as early graft failure due to preexisting disease of the donated organ. Others include technical flaws during surgery. Hope my answer is of help. ...Read more

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How long is the average wait for a liver transplant?

How long is the average wait for a liver transplant?

Varies: It is difficult to give an "average" wait time, because the wait time is dependent on how sick the person is. At this time, there are not enough livers for the number of people needing them. A score (meld score) is commonly used to determine who is most severely ill, and most in need of an urgent transplant. One person's wait time may be much different than another's, based on how sick he/she is. ...Read more

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How long can you live if needing a liver transplant?

How long can you live if needing a liver transplant?

Lots of factors: There is a wide spectrum of patients needing liver transplants. Some are gravely ill, and will pass on if they do not get their transplant within 24-48 hours. Other patients have much less severe conditions and can live productive lives for years while waiting on the transplant list. Ask your doctor what your "meld score" is to give you a better estimate. ...Read more

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Is it possible to live long and healthy after a liver transplant?

Liver, Good outcomes: Liver transplant has some of the best outcomes in solid organ transplantation. The average 1-year survival is around 88%, but this remains as high as 70% at 10 years, depending on the primary disease and how old and frail the person is to begin with. Many patients return to work and have an active life. One olympic snowboarder competed after a liver transplant. 20-30 year survivors are common. ...Read more

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How long would one normally live after tips without a liver transplant?

Averages 6-12 mo: Obtain clearer answer from dr. Who perform tips and transplant surgery. Many other factors can affect survival. ...Read more

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How long does a liver transplant operation take?

How long does a liver transplant operation take?

Variable: An average may be 5-8 hours. But there different levels of complexity to consider for both the donated organ and the recipient. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the muscles to heal from a liver transplant?

How long does it take for the muscles to heal from a liver transplant?

Depends on meds: Much of the timing for recovery depends on several factors, the degree of muscle loss due to existing liver disease, degree of malnutrition, but also the nature of medications your transplant program uses for immunosuppression. Corticosteroids, rapamycin and everolimus, markedly delay recovery of wound healing and you should be careful in vigorously stressing the incision, lest a hernia develop. ...Read more

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I have auto immune hepatitis and already have cirrohis of the liver is there a time frame on how long before i will need a transplant?

I have auto immune hepatitis and already have cirrohis of the liver is there a time frame on how long before i will need a transplant?

AIH: You may need Prednisone or other corticosteroid medicines help reduce the inflammation. Azathioprine and 6-mercaptopurine are drugs used to treat other autoimmune disorders. They have been shown to help people with autoimmune hepatitis, as well. The answer to your question resides on how fast the cirrhosis progresses and the liver fails. A hepatologist could more accurately answer you. ...Read more

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Liver (Definition)

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