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End-Stage Liver Disease and Indications for Liver Transplantation

  • Aparna Goel
  • Osama Siddique
  • Aijaz AhmedEmail author
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Abstract

Cirrhosis is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Once a patient develops complications from cirrhosis such as hepatic encephalopathy, ascites, esophageal variceal bleeding, or hepatocellular carcinoma, a liver transplantation should be considered. Patients with fulminant hepatic failure, systemic complications of liver disease, and liver-specific metabolic defects should also be considered for transplant. The evaluation for liver transplant is extensive and rigorous and involves numerous members from the transplant team to determine if transplantation is medically and psychosocially appropriate and technically feasible and is in the best interests of the patient.

Keywords

Liver transplantation Indications for liver transplant Liver failure End-stage liver disease Evaluation for liver transplant 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of MedicineStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineMemorial Hospital of Rhode Island/Alpert Medical School of Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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