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If you're a drug addict, can you get a liver transplant?

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Dr. George Loss
Surgery - Transplant
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Active substance addiction is, in general, a contraindication to organ transplantation.

In brief: No

Active substance addiction is, in general, a contraindication to organ transplantation.
Dr. George Loss
Dr. George Loss
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: It depends

Many patients with prior use of intravenous drugs develop chronic hepatitis c which can lead to liver failure.
Such patients may have recovered from their chronic drug use and can be successfully transplanted with a new liver.

In brief: It depends

Many patients with prior use of intravenous drugs develop chronic hepatitis c which can lead to liver failure.
Such patients may have recovered from their chronic drug use and can be successfully transplanted with a new liver.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Dr. George Loss
Surgery - Transplant

In brief: Yes. Once treated.

Untreated addiction is at least a relative contraindication for liver transplantation.
But treated addicts who are deemed low risk for recurrent substance abuse by an addiction specialist or psychiatrist can be considered candidates for a liver transplant.

In brief: Yes. Once treated.

Untreated addiction is at least a relative contraindication for liver transplantation.
But treated addicts who are deemed low risk for recurrent substance abuse by an addiction specialist or psychiatrist can be considered candidates for a liver transplant.
Dr. George Loss
Dr. George Loss
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Dr. Cyma Khalily
Psychiatry

In brief: MAYBE

I think that the issue is whether the addiction is active or if you have demonstrated an adequate period of abstinence.
This only makes sense as one would not want to destroy a transplanted organ with the same behaviors.

In brief: MAYBE

I think that the issue is whether the addiction is active or if you have demonstrated an adequate period of abstinence.
This only makes sense as one would not want to destroy a transplanted organ with the same behaviors.
Dr. Cyma Khalily
Dr. Cyma Khalily
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