Awareness About Liver Transplant

What is a Liver  Transplant?

Liver transplant is a replacement of the diseased liver in a patient with end-stage liver failure with a healthy organ. Living donor liver transplantation is a safe option with high success rates and is absolutely safe for donors. Particularly for sick patients, where waiting can be perilous, we strongly recommend living donor transplantation.

When is a Liver Transplant Needed?

Liver transplantation is necessary when the liver functions are damaged beyond the body’s capacity to regenerate. The liver failure in children and adults due to long-standing liver disease, primary liver tumors or generalized diseases, a liver transplantation is potentially curative.

The following conditions may result in chronic liver failure:

  • Chronic hepatitis with cirrhosis
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis (a rare condition where the immune system inappropriately attacks and destroys the bile ducts)
  • Sclerosing cholangitis (scarring and narrowing of the bile ducts inside and outside of the liver, causing the backup of bile in the liver)
  • Biliary atresia (a rare disease of the liver that affects newborn)
  • Alcoholism
  • Wilson’s disease (a rare inherited disease with abnormal levels of copper throughout the body, including the liver)
  • Hemochromatosis (a common inherited disease where the body has too much iron)
  • Alpha1 antitrypsin deficiency (an abnormal buildup of alpha 1 antitrypsin protein in the liver, resulting in cirrhosis)
  • Liver cancer
Liver Transplant Pune | Awareness of Liver Transplant - Dr. Bipin Vibhute
Liver Transplant Pune | Awareness of Liver Transplant - Dr. Bipin Vibhute

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