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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. Krishna Kumar
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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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Are people who drink alcohol eligible for a liver transplant?

Are people who drink alcohol eligible for a liver transplant?

Not current drinkers: Most centers require a certain amount of time of abstenence from alcohol before liver transplant. 6 months to a year is common. ...Read more

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Ethically, should addicts and alcoholics receive organ donations?

Ethically, should addicts and alcoholics receive organ donations?

Only if abstinent: All humans are imperfect. Some people with drug and alcohol abuse histories have committed to sobriety, acknowledged their own responsibilities and succeeded in changing their lives in favorable directions. General txp requirements are at least 6 months abstinence and ongoing rehabilitation. Those patients meeting these requirements who receive txps have equal outcomes to all other patients. ...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 cardiac rehabilitation programs address sex?

Do cardiac rehabilitation programs address sex?

Yes: As cardiac rehab involves supervised exercise and advising the patient as to what types of exercise can be done, the issure of sexual activity should be discussed with the patient. ...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 kidney transplant patients use hgh?

Can kidney transplant patients use hgh?

Risks involved: Thank you for your question. All medications can affect how your transplant medications work. Kidney rejection due to not enough medication is possible. Alternatively severe infection or kidney injury from too much medication is also possible. Higher blood pressure is often seen with hormone therapy and that too may cause your transplant kidney to incur damage. Close monitoring would be needed. ...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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Will someone with alcohol dependency be refused a liver transplant?

Will someone with alcohol dependency be refused a liver transplant?

Sobriety required: I agree with previous answers. If still dependant, will not be considered until alcohol free for at least 6 months minimum. Each center has their own criteria for consideration for listing for transplantation. ...Read more

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Do HIV drug regiments cause liver and/or kidney damage?

Do HIV drug regiments cause liver and/or kidney damage?

HIV med/liver damage: Yes; different regimens/medications carry different risks/side effects, but in general there is an association with these classes of medications and liver/renal dysfunction. They should be taken only as directed and their use should be monitored with the ppropriate lab tests recommended. ...Read more

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Why people with transplanted organ need immunosuppressive drugs?

Why people with transplanted organ need immunosuppressive drugs?

Rejection: Your immune system sees any transplant as a foreign object. It treats the cells of the transplant just like bacteria cells it works to destroy them. This would cause the transplant to be destroyed or rejected. The immunosuppression runs down the volume of the immune system so it cannot kill off the transplant so easily. ...Read more

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How do they evaluate potential living liver donors?

Exam: Liver donors are evaluated by physical and psychological exam and by blood tests and x-rays. First they must be offering the donation for the right reason and then they must be healthy enough to survive the surgery, have enough liver to spare and be a match for their recipient. ...Read more

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

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

Yes: Living donor liver transplantation provides a liver for someone that has chronic or acute end-stage liver disease. There is often time to work up the donor over weeks and go through a thoughtful process in chronic liver disease, however in acute fulminant liver failure, there is life threatening complications measured in days, the whole process is sped up but should never compromise donor safety. ...Read more

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

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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What causes depression in kidney transplant recipients ?

What causes depression in kidney transplant recipients ?

May be: From fear from the fact of possible body rejection to the kidney as well as from the meds taken to reduce immune system reactions.. ...Read more

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Do people with transplanted organ need immunosuppressive drugs forever?

In General, Yes: However, identical twins (same placenta) don't since they do not reject organs and tissues. In addition, there may be a few recipients with a sluggish immune system that don't appear to reject their transplanted organ. We call this tolerance, and it is a very hot area of research. The doses of is drugs usually can be decreased over time, and some recipients actually take very little. ...Read more

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What are rejection medications for a liver transplant?

What are rejection medications for a liver transplant?

Immunosuppressive : Medications used to prevent your body from rejecting the transplanted organ. Usually in the class of calcineurin inhibitors, anti metabolizes and steroids. ...Read more

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A friend w/ advanced pancreatic cancer. Chemo helped. Tumors in pancreas & liver. Intrathecal pump. Digestion problems. Released to go home. Hospice?

A friend w/ advanced pancreatic cancer. Chemo helped. Tumors in pancreas & liver. Intrathecal pump. Digestion problems. Released to go home. Hospice?

Advanced cancer: It seems reasonable and sensitive to engage hospice; hospice can help at home or he can go to a facility; hospice team can engage for many weeks. It is a good service. ...Read more

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Could governments who prohibit a market in organs encourage more organ donation?

Could governments who prohibit a market in organs encourage more organ donation?

No: Through the decades more and more patients are added to the transplant wait list.....donation has increased only very slightly.....therefore, more donors needed;however, it is better be regulated thru strict laws, ethical rules.....so not only certain group can get advantage from the market....it is not an easy issue....the discussion is out there for quite sometime...no perfect answer yet ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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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