Indications and Selection of Patients for Liver Transplantation

Saleh Alqahtani, Kymberly D.S. Watt

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Abstract

Successful transplantation outcomes require optimal patient selection and timing. Currently the major limitation facing liver transplantation centers is the shortage of organs. The limited availability of organs has led to long waiting periods for liver transplantation and consequently many patients become seriously ill or die while on the waiting list. This has major implications for the selection of patients, as well as the timing of transplantation and optimal use of these scarce organs. Indications and contraindications have changed slightly over the years and will be reviewed in this chapter. Timing for transplantation has changed more dramatically in the recent years since major changes to organ allocation systems have been undertaken to provide clinicians with a better way to prioritize patients for liver transplantation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPractical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Subtitle of host publicationLiver and Biliary Disease
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Pages297-304
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781405182751
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 31 2010

Keywords

  • Contraindications
  • Indications
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Organ Allocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Alqahtani, S., & Watt, K. D. S. (2010). Indications and Selection of Patients for Liver Transplantation. In Practical Gastroenterology and Hepatology: Liver and Biliary Disease (pp. 297-304). Wiley-Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781444325249.ch29