When does a patient require a liver transplant?
Liver transplant is a treatment for patients diagnosed with Liver Cancer, acute liver failure or end-stage liver disease caused by conditions such as Viral Hepatitis, Cirrhosis or liver damage from alcohol or drug abuse.
Some indications for liver transplant are:
Symptoms of liver failure
Unless the liver damage is fairly severe or advanced, diseases of the liver are often "silent" and patients may be unaware of any issues. Different liver diseases may affect some functions more than others, resulting in variability between patients.
Some symptoms include:
Clinical Transplant Data
Source: SingHealth Transplant Annual Report 2018International Transplant Data refers to OPTN/SRTR 2018 Annual Data Report: Liver, NHS Blood and Transplant Annual Report 2017/2018: Liver Transplantation, Living donor liver transplantation in Europe HepatoBiliary Surg Nutr 2016;5(2):159-175
Eligibility of transplant
If your liver disease is progressive and liver transplantation may be the appropriate treatment, you will be referred to the Liver Transplant Team. Arrangements will be made for you to meet the Liver Specialist (Hepatologist) for an assessment.
A variety of tests will be carried out to confirm the diagnosis, assess the extent of your disease and gauge your suitability for liver transplantation. The assessment period may take up to 5-7 days in hospital.
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