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Longest Living Liver Transplant Recipient
Wow, that depends...: ...on a lot of factors--age, co-morbidities, closeness of match between donor and recipient, rejection/graft-versus-host, underlying cause of liver failure, compliance with post-transplant protocols and follow-ups, indiscretion with intake of alcohol/tobacco/illicit drugs. You get the idea--- it's not a question that warrants a blanket response! ...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
If someone receives a liver transplant, and the liver functions but the recipient soon dies, can the organ be transplanted again in someone else?
Removal: Of the diseased liver and implantation of the healthy new liver. ...Read more
Using part of liver: Similar to removal of a portion of the liver because it contains a tumor or other type of disease, living donor liver transplantation depends on the use of a portion of the donor's liver. The donor is left with enough liver to remain healthy. The recipient gets the part that is removed. ...Read more
Just need a portion: Living related liver transplant is considered routine at some select transplant centers. It is an excellent option to address end stage liver failure. Call your local transplant support group (s) and discuss your specific concerns with your txp center - a referral can be make to a different facility if necessary. ...Read more
That depends on both your definition of life support and the technique your surgeon uses to connect the new liver to your body.
Some surgeons use a method that requires blood to temporarily be shunted outside the body, and this bypass might be considered "life support." however, other surgeons use a technique that does not require bypass.
Al patients undergoing liver transplant are under very deep anesthesia, and are unable to breath on their own. Keeping the blood oxygentated therefore requires a machine to pump air in and out of the lungs. Some people might consider this machine to be a form of "life support, " though if that's the case, then most people undergoing major operations are on life support. ...Read more
The donor gives part: And keeps the rest, enough to live on. The liver that remains regenerates almost to 100% of original size and function. ...Read more
Years of practice: People can live with one kidney. Removing one to give to someone else allows for the donor to continue a normal life while the recipient is off dialysis. In liver transplant, a person can lose up to 60 percent of their liver (as long as the blood vessels are preserved and the liver is healthy) and survive. Over 6 to 9 months the liver enlarges back to a functional volume. ...Read more
Is there anywhere in the usa that does living donor liver transplant? Me and my family are being told no.
Pittsburgh: I would look into the starzl transpalnt institute at upmc. Drs. Marsh and humar have been doing them for many years. In florida you may want to look into the miami program. ...Read more
No.: Survival rate is the same.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Multiple steps: First you get evaluated by a transplant center. Then you can have a living donor transplant or a deceased donor transplant. Living donors can be scheduled but for a deceased donor you must wait your turn for a matching donor. Your old liver is removed and the donor liver, either a full liver from a deceased donor or a partial liver from a living donor is attached to your blood vessels and... ...Read more
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
Yes: It is important to always take an adequate supply of medications with you. You should not travel to 3rd world countries or be exposed to poor sanitary conditions as your anti-rejections medications make you susceptable to infection. ...Read more
Replace sick liver: The concept of transplantation of any organ is quite simple - replace the failing organ with a normally functioning organ. In the case of liver transplantation, you simply remove the diseased liver and replace it with a healthy liver from an organ donor. The new liver takes the place of the diseased liver (orthotopic) and starts functioning as soon as blood flow is restored. Sewn into place. ...Read more
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 more
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
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
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 more
Big subject: A liver transplant is a huge lifestyle change for the patient and his family. It is usually a welcome change because the prior liver disease is awful, but it still will require attention to many little details and medications and frequent visits to the doctor forever more... ...Read more
Usually excellent: Liver transplantation should only be performed for those expected to survive at least 3 years, one of the us government's key outcome measures for transplant programs. Two categories of liver disease are generally linked to a worse prognosis because they can recur (come back) - cancer and hepatitis. Other patients should do well provided they take their medications and follow good health habits. ...Read more
Need a better one: We only replace a liver when there isn't any choice. This happens because 1)there aren't enough healthy cells in the liver to continue sustaining life (tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose, poison mushroom, hepatitis c), 2)there is blockage of blood flow within the abdomen (cirrhosis) from alcohol, or hepatitis or backed up bile (biliary atresia, pbc), or (3) removal of a tumor requires removing the whole liver. ...Read more
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
A liver transplant is a surgical procedure that has both a donor and a recipient. The donor has part (if living) or the entire liver removed, and this is transplanted to the recipient. Liver transplantation is a life saving procedure and is performed when the recipient's liver is failing, or has developed a localized cancer that cannot be removed ...Read more
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