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Doctor insights on: Longest Living Liver Transplant Recipient

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What is the average prognosis for a recipient of a live liver transplant?

What is the average prognosis for a recipient of a live liver transplant?

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

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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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If someone receives a liver transplant, and the liver functions but the recipient soon dies, can the organ be transplanted again in someone else?

If someone receives a liver transplant, and the liver functions but the recipient soon dies, can the organ be transplanted again in someone else?

Depends: This would depend on the reason for the death of the recipient. Could potentially be done but a double transplant of an organ would be pretty unusual. ...Read more

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What is a living-donor liver transplantation?

What is a living-donor liver transplantation?

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

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How does a liver transplant work if the donor is still alive?

How does a liver transplant work if the donor is still alive?

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

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When you are getting a liver transplant are you put on life support? To keep you alive

When you are getting a liver transplant are you put on life support? To keep you alive

That: 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

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What happens in a living donor liver transplantation?

What happens in a living donor liver transplantation?

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

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How is it possible to do a living donor liver transplant?

How is it possible to do a living donor liver transplant?

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

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What are the advantages of using a living-donor liver transplant?

What are the advantages of using a living-donor liver transplant?

Timing: You know when you will get you transplant. Also the longer you wait for a deceased donor the sicker you may get. There are more biliary system complications with a living donor though, . ...Read more

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Can you tell me about a living donor liver transplant?

Can you tell me about a living donor liver transplant?

Liver transplant: You should speak with a transplant surgeon, it means that if your blood type and antibodies are nearly a match to your donor, they usually take half or more of your liver. Good news most of it can grow back! ...Read more

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Is there anywhere in the usa that does living donor liver transplant? Me and my family are being told no.

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

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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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Can I get free liver transplant?

Maybe: You live in a country with a socialized medical system, hence you might. The workings of your system might allow that, assuming you are a candidate. You really need to ask this of your primary md. ...Read more

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How does liver transplantation work?

How does liver transplantation work?

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

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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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Can I travel after a liver transplant?

Can I travel after a liver transplant?

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

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How can a liver transplantation work?

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

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How can a liver transplant list work?

How can a liver transplant list work?

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

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Can you tell me about liver transplant?

Can you tell me about liver transplant?

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

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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. Amy Friedman
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Liver Transplant (Definition)

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