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Do liver transplant patients livelong?

Do  liver transplant patients livelong?

They can: After the first year they do well. Much longer than w liver disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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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 successful are lung transplant surgeries?

How successful are lung transplant surgeries?

Survival data: Very good at 1 year with average us survival of 90 percent. This falls to 50 percent at five years and 10 percent survival at 10 years. That said there are patients who have lived twenty plus years after a lung transplant. ...Read more

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Treating Liver Failure (Checklist)

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Do liver transplants require an entire liver?

Do liver transplants require an entire liver?

Not necessarily. : Not necessarily. Generally, a whole liver is transplanted, but it's possible to transplant a portion of liver. For example, if the recipient is small-sized an entire liver may be too big. Also, if the liver donor is alive, clearly only a portion of liver can be taken (usually about half). ...Read more

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Liver transplant success rate . Alternate for liver to avoid transplantion?

Liver transplant success rate . Alternate for liver to avoid transplantion?

No alternate. :(: When a liver is diseased enough to require transplantation nothing else will prolong the long-term life. The success rate depends on how sick the patient is, what the quality of the organ is and how the transplant goes. Overall survival rate is 80 -85% in the first year. ...Read more

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Can a post liver transplant patient have lapband surgery?

Hmmm?: I'm sure it is possible; but you need to discuss this with not only your primary care doc; but also the transplant team as well to iron out the nuances/kinks. ...Read more

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Following liver transplant surgery, what to do?

Following liver transplant surgery, what to do?

Be thankful: It is highly probable that you've gotten your health back. Your physicians will advise you further. ...Read more

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Chemotherapy for ovarian cancer with a liver transplant patient?

Chemotherapy for ovarian cancer with a liver transplant patient?

If needed yes: Liver transplant patients need chemotherapy will be given with close monitoring , working as team . Interesting observation, in liver transplant patients the incidence of ovarian cancer is less than the normal population. ...Read more

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What does kidney donor surgery entail?

What does kidney donor surgery entail?

Nephrectomy: Firstly, u need to be tissue typed to see if you are a good match for the recipient, then u must be worked up to ensure that you have 2 healthy kidneys and can afford to lose one. The nephrectomy can be done by laparoscopic assist & removed via a small incision just lerge enough to remove kidney. About 2 days in hospital for pain management, then couple of weeks off. ...Read more

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How is lung transplantation done?

How is lung transplantation done?

Transplant : You are asleep and pain-free (under general anesthesia). A surgical cut is made in the chest. Lung transplant surgery is done with the use of a heart-lung machine. This device does the work of your heart while your heart is stopped for the surgery. Your diseased lung(s) is removed & the donated lung attached to your airway & blood vessels. Go to nlm.nih.gov for more info. ...Read more

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What happens to donor after liver transplant?

Depends: Deceased donors are buried or cremated. Living liver donors go on, and a significant amount of removed liver will regenerate from the remaining liver. ...Read more

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Serious inquiry into transplant surgery rejection drugs?

Transplant: Not sure what the question is. Best to talk to a surgeon for input. ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer, ampullary tumor. Whipple procedure. Spread to liver, not respectable. Chemo for 6 months and continuing. Prognosis?

Pancreatic cancer, ampullary tumor. Whipple procedure.  Spread to liver, not respectable. Chemo for 6 months and continuing. Prognosis?

Poor: While Whipple is the best approach for a primary pancreatic or ampullary lesion, the recurrence rate at 1-2 yrs is 90%. Chemo either of the FOLFIERI or Genciabine /Abraxane combo have limited effects on liver mets which in pancreas are not considered amenable to resection. There is an FDA protocol using specific monoclonals targeting pancreas that might be available but only after chemo failure ...Read more

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What percentage of wilson's disease patients need liver transplants? 

What percentage of wilson's disease patients need liver transplants? 

Wilson and transplan: Roughly , about 30 % of patients. These are patient unable to tolerated the quelation therapy and develope neuropsyquiatric symptoms . Hope this help. ...Read more

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How is a dcd liver transplant different from other transplants?

How is a dcd liver transplant different from other transplants?

Cardiac Death Occurs: The term dcd (donation after cardiac death) means the donor died of cardiac failure rather than brain death. In either case the donor suffered an irreversible brain injury and are kept alive by mechanical life support. The dcd donors also undergo a period of low blood pressure when taken off life support and their organs may sustain further injury. Properly selected dcd organs can work fine. ...Read more

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Does hair transplant surgery work?

Absolutely: Yes, it does work. Results are not always consistent and more than one procedure may be required for optimal results but it does work. ...Read more

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Could a live-donor liver transplant happen for someone with acute liver failure?

Yes: It can definitely happen, although it also depends on whether your hospital offers this service. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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


Dr. Shari Jackson
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Transplant Surgery (Definition)

Transplant surgeons are fully trained in general surgery and have spent additional years training how to technically perform organ transplants. They also know the medicine and immunology of treating patients with immunosuppression. Remember that it is one thing to surgically remove an organ (if it is diseased), but very tough to remove it + keep it healthy enough to be ...Read more