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liver transplantHepatic transplant Transplant surgery A procedure that replaces a cancer conquered, metabolically defeated, or substance subjugated liver with one no longer required by its owner, many of whom donate same after an MVA Diseases requiring transplant Cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, PBC, HBV, hepatitis D, α1-antitrypsin deficiency, LDL-receptor deficiency, cancer; in high-risk candidates for orthotopic LT, auxiliary heterotopic LT, leaving the Pt's own liver in place, may be compatible with up to 12 yrs survival Early complications Hypothermia, hyperglycemia Late complications Infection–eg, CMV, gram-positive bacteremia, renal insufficiency, due to cyclosporine nephrotoxicity, HTN, hypokalemia, metabolic alkalosis, fever; 1 yr survival, 83%; 2 yr survival 70%
liver transplantThe introduction of a donated liver or liver segment into the body of a person suffering from liver failure. Organ rejection is prevented by triple therapy with CYCLOSPORIN (ciclosporin), prednisolone and AZATHIOPRINE and about three-quarters of patients have an acceptable outcome. Failures are mainly due to infection or multi-organ failure. The first liver transplant in Britain was performed in 1968 by Professor Sir Roy Calne one of the great pioneers of modern British surgery.
Patient discussion about liver transplant
Q. I would like to know what it takes to get on a liver transplant list.. I have been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. I have been clean and sober now over 2 years... I have also been hospitalized more times than i don't like talking about but I have been admitted for high amounts of ammonia levels, low blood pressure, and dehydration