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Can rejection of an organ cause severe itching, my husband had his liver transplanted?

Can rejection of an organ cause severe itching, my husband had his liver transplanted?

Yes: Rejection itself does not cause itching. If the bilirubin is up during an episode of rejection it can irritate the skin and cause itching.

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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Post liver transplant 5 years out. Haveing soreness over spleen area and itching. Lots of petichei over spleen area. No fever nausuea or diareha.

Post liver transplant 5 years out. Haveing soreness over spleen area and itching. Lots of petichei over spleen area. No fever nausuea or diareha.

See liver specialist: These are concerning signs and I recommend you be evaluated right away by your pcp or hepatologist. This cna be seen w liver failure and rejection but other conditions are possible and may be related to some of the immuno suppressant meds you are taking.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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How much is liver transplantation? Will medicaid pay?

How much is liver transplantation? Will medicaid pay?

A lot: A liver transplant costs well into multiple of six figures. The biggest cost is associated not with the actual transplant event, but with the requisite immunosuppressive meds afterwards. Yes, medicaid will pay for liver transplant, but not all liver transplant programs accept medicaid these days due to the increasingly poor reimbursement rates that often don't even cover the cost incurred.

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What is the survival rate after liver transplantation?

What is the survival rate after liver transplantation?

70-80%: The graft and patient survival rates are 70-80% at 3 years. I would look at the outcomes for the center you're working with for the most current statistics.

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What is the life expectancy after a liver transplantation?

What is the life expectancy after a liver transplantation?

Depends: Average 5 year survival in this decade for liver transplant is 70% but varies according to age, indication for transplant and genetic matching.

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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.

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How well do you live after a liver transplantation?

How well do you live after a liver transplantation?

Very well: After successful liver transplantaion, will have near normal life style, will be active, most of the time will go back to work, and have to take immunosupressive medications for rest of the life, avoiding getting infections.

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Is there any age specified for liver transplantation?

Is there any age specified for liver transplantation?

No: There is no absolute age cutoff for liver transplantation. However, the older a person is the more likely they are to have other diseases which could prevent transplant - such as heart disease or lung disease.

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How much will you live after a liver transplantation?

7 of 10 live >3 yrs: Many factors help determine how long anyone lives, particularly once they have had a liver transplant. Key is following medical advice, taking the anti-rejection drugs and sharing medical information with the txp team. Current survival rates include 9 out of 10 recipients living 1 yr or more. And 7 out of 10 live 3 yrs or more. Lots of recipients live many yrs.

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Interested to know how does a liver transplantation work?

Interested to know how does a liver transplantation work?

Generally, very good: The new liver replaces the diseased liver and connected in the same way that the old one was connected. The poor liver function of the old liver is quickly replaced by the normal function of the new liver. In some cases, the reason for removal is cancer of the liver or other reasons. In general, the one year survival rate is about 90% and although survival is not normal, it is pretty good.

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What can you advice someone who wants to do a liver transplantation?

Look for a center: Look for the best liver transplant center. Make certain you are not drinking alcohol. If you smoke stop! If you can get listed in multiple regions, do it. Keep your nutrition up with high quality protein and if you can do some exercise do it to keep active. Make sure you have a reliable support system lined up for when you come home.

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How does the average person live after having a liver transplantation?

How does the average person live after having a liver transplantation?

Half working 10 yrs: There are many factors that affect the longevity after a liver transplant including the recipient age and health of other organ systems such as the heart and blood vessels, diabetes, other cancers, etc. About half of the livers transplanted are working at 10 years.

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What could you advice someone who is about to do a liver transplantation?

What could you advice someone who is about to do a liver transplantation?

Just one thing: Don't screw it up! It's a complex procedure nd requires all full attention and dedication on the surgeons part.

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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.

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How can I give a donation for a hospital specialized in liver transplantation?

Contact the center: Contact the transplant center and they will refer you to the department that you need to make a donation to. Otherwise constant the united center for organ sharing (unos) and they would help you facilitate donation.

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

An itch is an irritating sensation that causes one to have the urge ...Read more