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Doctor insights on: How Long Would I Have To Wait To Donate Part Of My Liver To A Family Member

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How long would I have to wait to donate part of my liver to a family member?

How long would I have to wait to donate part of my liver to a family member?

Several weeks: You would first have to undergo a thorough medical evaluation to be sure that you were healthy and could safely tolerate the surgery. This would include a history and physical examination, blood tests, and imaging studies of your abdomen. The process could take several weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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


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My family member lives in Africa and she has had yellow eyes for a long time could liver dis. Or jaundice be a possibility. Any eye drop recommended?

My family member lives in Africa and she has had yellow eyes for a long time could liver dis. Or jaundice be a possibility. Any eye drop recommended?

Yes.No: Yes, liver disease causes scleral icterus, or yellow eye. They should have their liver enzymes and billirubin checked. There are no drops that will get rid of the yellow tint. ...Read more

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Can you be a living liver donor to strangers, or can you only donate part of your liver to family and friends?

Can you be a living liver donor to strangers, or can you only donate part of your liver to family and friends?

Rare: That is not a common practice. You can check with a local transplant center to see if they would consider but donating part of the liver is a major commitment. ...Read more

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Family member has oesophagus cancer, got told today it has spread to his liver (2 lesions), what will happen next? What's the survival rate?

Family member has oesophagus cancer, got told today it has spread to his liver (2 lesions), what will happen next? What's the survival rate?

Seek treatment: Cancer of the Esophagus doe shave fairly good treatment which you should be able to receive if you go to a Hospital which treats patients with a diagnosis of cancer. You will likely be offered chemotherapy. Most patients can achieve benefit last for 6 months up to 2 years, sometimes even longer. So keep hope, put up a good fight and Pray that the Lord will also help you, if you do your part. ...Read more

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How badly would it hurt after donating part of my liver & how long would recovery take?

How badly would it hurt after donating part of my liver & how long would recovery take?

It depends: It depends on the type of donation. Left lobe donation (to a child) is an easier operation with a shorter recovery. Right lobe donation (to an adult) is much more complicated and is associated with pain, possible death, bile duct complications in up to 30%, and can take 3-6 months to recover from. You would need to discuss this with the surgeon. ...Read more

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Can a carrier (heterozygote) of the wilson disease gene donate part of his/her liver tissue for a living related donor transplant to a patient?

Can a carrier (heterozygote) of the wilson disease gene donate part of his/her liver tissue for a living related donor transplant to a patient?

Yes: Wilsons disease is a disease of copper storage. It is genetically linked. Generally speaking people who are heterozygous (are only carriers) can donate their part of thier livers. People who are heterozygous are carriers and don't have wilson's disease themselves. ...Read more

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I have 2 alcoholic family members who have liver cirrhosis.. concerned about haemochromatosis. But cbc, lft, CT scan,mrcp normal. GI dr said not worry?

I have 2 alcoholic family members who have liver cirrhosis.. concerned about haemochromatosis. But cbc, lft, CT scan,mrcp normal. GI dr said not worry?

You don't have it: If all of those tests are normal, and hopefully including a normal iron panel, then you don't have hemochromatosis. The only other concern would be if you knew that your relatives had the genetic mutation for hereditary hemochromatosis. Doesn't sound like it though. Their alcoholism was probably the cause. ONLY get the genetic test IF they are positive. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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I am interested in donating part of my liver. Where can I get more information on that?

See attached URL: While there are several areas you can get more information, i suggest you go to the website of the american society of transplantation and download the file on living donor liver transplantation. http://www.myast.org/files/pdf/patient_education/english/ast-edbrogiveliver-eng.pdf. ...Read more