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Liver transplant - series—Indications

A liver transplant may be recommended for liver damage due to alcoholism (Alcoholic cirrhosis), primary biliary cirrhosis, long-term (chronic) active infection (hepatitis), liver (hepatic) vein clot (thrombosis), birth defects of the liver or bile ducts (biliary atresia), metabolic disorders associated with liver failure (for example, Wilson disease).

Overview

A liver transplant may be recommended for:

  • liver damage due to alcoholism (Alcoholic cirrhosis)
  • primary biliary cirrhosis
  • long-term (chronic) active infection (hepatitis)
  • liver (hepatic) vein clot (thrombosis)
  • birth defects of the liver or bile ducts (biliary atresia)
  • metabolic disorders associated with liver failure (for example, Wilson disease)

Review Date 5/11/2016

Updated by: Subodh K. Lal, MD, gastroenterologist with Gastrointestinal Specialists of Georgia, Austell, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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