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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

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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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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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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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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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Can there be some permanent treatmemt for liver chirrosis apart from liver transplantation ?

Can there be some permanent treatmemt for liver chirrosis apart from liver transplantation ?

Maybe in future?: Cirrhosis of the liver is the end result of damage to the cells of the liver. When healthy cells die, scar tissue is formed in their place. Cirrhosis becomes clinically evident when the amount of liver damage surpasses the liver's ability to repair itself and regenerate new liver cells. There is no supportive or replacement therapy yet available. Researchers are interested in finding a solution ...Read more

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Is there any treatmemt for liver chirrosis aside from liver transplantation ?

Is there any  treatmemt for liver chirrosis aside from liver transplantation ?

Yes and no: Cirrhosis means extensive (stage iv) scarring of the liver which is mostly irreversible. Long standing cirrhosis leads to portal hypertension which leads to complications such as ascites, varices & bleeding, big spleen & low platelets, etc. Treatments such as diuretics & shunts can help manage these symptoms & complications, but only liver transplantation can eliminate them for good. ...Read more

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Life expectancy of myeloma patients after autologous stem cell transplant?

Life expectancy of myeloma patients after autologous stem cell transplant?

Myeloma : There are many things that go into predicting life expectancy of somebody with myeloma who has an autologous stem cell transplant. The rough estimate for somebody getting a transplant in first remission is about 6-7 years now. However, this is something your oncologist or transplant doctor can talk to you about with more specific information. ...Read more

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What liver disease? alkphos548&650,gammaGT526&742,plasma ALT152.liver biopsy waiting results.Had xray,scans MRI.found polys,so gallbladder removed

What liver disease? alkphos548&650,gammaGT526&742,plasma ALT152.liver biopsy waiting results.Had xray,scans MRI.found polys,so gallbladder removed

Stump the chimp: Can't tell from the numbers. Lot's of diseases could do this. If we could tell from the numbers there would be no need to perform a biopsy. Biopsy should be definitive or narrow the list down dramatically. ...Read more

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What is the ratio of failed kidney transplants to total kidney transplants?

What is the ratio of failed kidney transplants to total kidney transplants?

Less than 10%: The question is about survival, which is usually measured as percentage of surviving (not failed) kidneys transplanted after a time period, usually one year. Kidney transplant survival after one year is routinely in the 90% range. It depends on the type of kidney transplant (living donor vs deceased donor) the quality of the donor kidney and the health of the transplant recipient. ...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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Double lung trabsplant kidney and lung failure is it terminal?

Unknown: It sounds like you a reporting lung failure after a double-lung transplant? Lung failure (or respiratory failure as commonly known in the field) can have many causes, some reversible, some not. Check with your doctor about what is causing the lung failure and if the cause is reversible or not. ...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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How are organ transplants done?

See:: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/organ-donation-facts

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What causes rejection with kidney transplants?

What causes rejection with kidney transplants?

Transplant rejection: Ideally, transplanted kidneys come from a twin or close relative to minimize rejection. Otherwise, the body does not recognize the transplant as "self" & attacks the "foreigner". Thus the use of immunosuppressant drugs to suppress the recipient's immune system to prevent rejection of the transplanted kidney. ...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

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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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Can bone marrow transplant affect fertility?

Yes: Both male and female fertility can be affected with either temporary or permanent infertility resulting. Many patients undergoing transplant are already infertile due to the treatment already given for their cancers. There are strategies to preserve sperm or eggs before transplant if desired. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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