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# What is a meld test for liver transplant?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

## In brief: Prioritizes patients

Meld (model for end-stage liver disease) score allows for an estimation of life expectancy for people with end stage liver disease.
There are more people needing transplants than there are donor livers; those determined by meld score to be highest risk of dying over the next 3 months are placed higher on the list.Meld is calculated from blood test results (bilirubin, creatinine, inr).

## In brief: Prioritizes patients

Meld (model for end-stage liver disease) score allows for an estimation of life expectancy for people with end stage liver disease.
There are more people needing transplants than there are donor livers; those determined by meld score to be highest risk of dying over the next 3 months are placed higher on the list.Meld is calculated from blood test results (bilirubin, creatinine, inr).
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Dr. Shaym Puppala
1 doctor agrees

## In brief: Not a test

But a score (number) calculated from a complex equation that takes into account the values of bilirubin, creatinine and inr in your blood.
The higher the score the sicker you are. It is used to prioritize liver allocation for transplant recipients.

## In brief: Not a test

But a score (number) calculated from a complex equation that takes into account the values of bilirubin, creatinine and inr in your blood.
The higher the score the sicker you are. It is used to prioritize liver allocation for transplant recipients.
Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
Dr. Stephen Cheng
Surgery - Transplant

## In brief: It's a score

Meld stands for model for end-stage liver disease score derived from putting three lab values from the patient (bilirubin, inr, and creatinine) into a formula.
The "sicker" a patient is from liver disease, the higher his meld score would be. Meld score fluctuates but generally increases with time. The patient with the highest meld score when a compatible liver comes up will be offered the liver.

## In brief: It's a score

Meld stands for model for end-stage liver disease score derived from putting three lab values from the patient (bilirubin, inr, and creatinine) into a formula.
The "sicker" a patient is from liver disease, the higher his meld score would be. Meld score fluctuates but generally increases with time. The patient with the highest meld score when a compatible liver comes up will be offered the liver.
Dr. Stephen Cheng
Dr. Stephen Cheng