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Liver Transplant Performed Arterial Hypertension
Depends: Phtn due to liver disease is curable with liver transplant. This is not very common. Most phtn is primary and related to established damage to the pulmonary circulation. In these cases, therapy with prostaglandin derivatives may help reverse this in a few patients, but most patients with severe phtn will not be candidates for liver transplant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more
It may.: Risks created by pulmonary hypertension can be so great that the liver transplant wouldn't be successful. It depends also on what is causing the pulmonary hypertension. Is it the liver disease or some other problem? How severe is the pulmonary hypertension? Have medications reduced the pulmonary pressures? All these are important questions that influence the risk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). I had abd. C.T. scan showed "Bibasilar Atelectasis" & an enlarged liver. Are either or both d/t PAH?
By MELD score: Priority for organ allocation to patients on liver transplant waiting list is determined by meld (model for end-stage liver disease) score, which is obtained by entering 3 of the patients' lab values (creatinine, bilirubin, and prothrombin time) into a formula. The higher the meld score the patient has, the "higher" the patients is on the list. Length of time on wait list doesn't count. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually in cirrhosis: When the patient has severe cirrhosis and liver function is being lost if a compatible liver is available the end results are not bad considering need for immune suppression. When hep b and c induce malignant growths in the liver, it is best to with microwave ablation of tumor. If liver transplant done there is a possibility of recurrence from immunosuppressiont. ...Read more
Lots of people: There are lots of great resources. On the web, i would try http://www.Transplantliving.Org/. Ask your primary care physician where the nearest transplant center is in your area. Then, make an appointment with a hepatologist. This is a liver specialist that helps determine whether you are a good candidate for a liver transplant. ...Read more
When liver fails: When the degree of liver dysfunction does not permit the removal of toxins in the blood or the formation of proteins needed for normal survival like clotting proteins; the liver may need to be replaced. A failing liver can affect many vital functions including altering of mental status. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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