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Why can't you eat or drink grapefruit when taking antirejection medication after a liver transplant?

Why can't you eat or drink grapefruit when taking antirejection medication after a liver transplant?

Lowers Drug Levels: Grapefruit causes special enzymes in the liver to become more active. These enzymes can cause accelerated breakdown of some of the medicines used to prevent rejection. If the drug levels drop unexpectedly, you could have a rejection episode and risk losing your transplant. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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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HELP! I cant seem to achieve a complete vowel movement. Only watery stools pass. I have CUC & had a Liver Transplant 8 yrs. Ago. Myralax helps?

HELP! I cant seem to achieve a complete vowel movement. Only watery stools pass. I have CUC & had a Liver Transplant 8 yrs. Ago. Myralax helps?

Constipation: Sounds like overflow diarrhea. Constipation is common and source of many abdominal symptoms. A bowel regimen to achieve 2 soft bowel movements daily (water, juices up to 1.5 liters daily, fiber tablets, laxatives, stool softeners, probiotics) and walking are non-prescription tools you use to reach goal. If you have fever, vomiting, localized pain lasting over 40 minutes get evaluated. ...Read more

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Can I get free liver transplant?

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?

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?

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

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How long can live after liver transplant?

How long can live after liver transplant?

Liver transplant: There is no exact model to predict survival rates; however, there is a 58% chance of surviving 15 years. Failure of the new liver occurs in 10% to 15% of all cases. These percentages are contributed to by many complications such as early graft failure due to preexisting disease of the donated organ. Others include technical flaws during surgery. Hope my answer is of help. ...Read more

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How risky/dangerous is a liver transplant?

How risky/dangerous is a liver transplant?

It depends: Liver transplant is more risky than most elective surgeries but it is also the only solution to address end stage liver failure. Call your local transplant support group (s) and discuss your specific concerns with your txp ctr. ...Read more

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Who can answer liver transplant questions?

Who can answer liver transplant questions?

Lots of people: There are lots of great resources. On the web, I would try http://www. Transplantliving. Org/. Ask your primary care physician where the nearest transplant center is in your area. Then, make an appointment with a hepatologist. This is a liver specialist that helps determine whether you are a good candidate for a liver transplant. ...Read more

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When does a liver transplant become necessary?

When does a liver transplant become necessary?

When liver fails: When the degree of liver dysfunction does not permit the removal of toxins in the blood or the formation of proteins needed for normal survival like clotting proteins; the liver may need to be replaced. A failing liver can affect many vital functions including altering of mental status. ...Read more

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What's invovled in a partial liver transplant?

Liver transplant: It is a modality of liver transplant, where only part of the donor liver is transplanted in one person and the other part in another, is a way to expand the recipients pool. It is a common technique for liver transplants in children. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about a liver transplant?

What can you tell me about a liver transplant?

Big subject: A liver transplant is a huge lifestyle change for the patient and his family. It is usually a welcome change because the prior liver disease is awful, but it still will require attention to many little details and medications and frequent visits to the doctor forever more... ...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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What are reasons for having a liver transplant?

What are reasons for having a liver transplant?

Need a better one: We only replace a liver when there isn't any choice. This happens because 1)there aren't enough healthy cells in the liver to continue sustaining life (tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose, poison mushroom, hepatitis c), 2)there is blockage of blood flow within the abdomen (cirrhosis) from alcohol, or hepatitis or backed up bile (biliary atresia, pbc), or (3) removal of a tumor requires removing the whole liver. ...Read more

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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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Can women with a liver transplant have children?

Can women with a liver transplant have children?

Yes: Yes, has been done. Children from mothers taking immunosuppression are often small for gestational age and deliver prematurely (less that 40 weeks). Need to be under the care of both the transplant specialist and a high risk obstetrician. ...Read more

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How can I get on the list for a liver transplant?

How can I get on the list for a liver transplant?

Lots of steps: There are lots of steps that are summarized very nicely on this website: http://www. Transplantliving. Org/before-the-transplant/getting-on-the-list/. Basically, you have to have a thorough evaluation to make sure you are a suitable candidate. This involves visits with multiple doctors and often several procedures or tests. Often, if you have other health conditions, these are treated beforehand. ...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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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. ...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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How long is the average wait for a liver transplant?

How long is the average wait for a liver transplant?

Varies: It is difficult to give an "average" wait time, because the wait time is dependent on how sick the person is. At this time, there are not enough livers for the number of people needing them. A score (meld score) is commonly used to determine who is most severely ill, and most in need of an urgent transplant. One person's wait time may be much different than another's, based on how sick he/she is. ...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 would happen to me if I had a liver transplant?

What would happen to me if I had a liver transplant?

A new start: If you need a liver transplant and get one, make sure you treasure your new lease on life. Work closely with your transplant program and you will be amazed with the drastic improvements in your physical health after a successful transplant. ...Read more

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How long can you live if needing a liver transplant?

How long can you live if needing a liver transplant?

Lots of factors: There is a wide spectrum of patients needing liver transplants. Some are gravely ill, and will pass on if they do not get their transplant within 24-48 hours. Other patients have much less severe conditions and can live productive lives for years while waiting on the transplant list. Ask your doctor what your "meld score" is to give you a better estimate. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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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