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Doctor insights on: Orthotopic Liver Transplant

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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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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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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How can a liver transplantation work?

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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What is the prognosis after a liver transplant?

What is the prognosis after a liver transplant?

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

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How would you get an emergency liver transplant?

How would you get an emergency liver transplant?

Be the sickest .: Emergent livers are allocated to those with an expected life span of <7 d such as those with acute liver toxicity. Urgent donation is available for those very ill patients on life support. A patial liver from a live donor can be used in an urgent or emergent situation though this is controversial. ...Read more

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I have ginocomastia due to liver transplant help.

Medications: If you had a liver transplant and part of the treatment post operatively was the drug cyclosporine, then Cyclosporine (csa)-related gynecomastia 6 and 10 months after transplantation is common. Switch to tacrolimus , it does not cause the reduced testosterone, increased prolactinand lh hormone associated with cyclosporine. This will result in resolution of your gynecomastia. ...Read more

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Please tell me what happens after liver transplant?

Please tell me what happens after liver transplant?

Will be cured: From the disease , that required liver transplant . Liver is the main ( only ) source of blood proteins , detoxifies and eliminates certain chemicals , has vital roll in bilirubin ; bile salt metabolism etc . Only organ one can donate , part of it , and save a life , thousands are on waiting list ...Read more

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What can cause a person to need a liver transplant?

What can cause  a person to need a liver transplant?

Liver failure: Liver transplantation is for irreversible liver failure, most frequently for cirrhosis (when the liver is scarred beyond regeneration) or for fulminant liver failure (example: Acetaminophen overdose). ...Read more

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What complications are there with liver transplantation?

What complications are there with liver transplantation?

Varies: Most patients thrive and do well after liver transplant. However, surgical complications, recurrence of the disease in the new liver (depends on reason for transplant), rejection of the liver- which generally can be treated easily by medications, anti rejection medication related side effects and infections etc. Although these complications occur majority of patients have a better quality of life. ...Read more

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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


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