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Treatment: Liver Transplant

This procedure involves the transfer of a healthy liver, usually from a recently deceased donor, into a person with liver disease. Sometimes, part of a liver is donated by a living relative. The donor and recipient must have the same blood type. After the transplant, the recipient is monitored in an intensive therapy unit for a few days and remains in hospital for up to 4 weeks. Most transplants are successful, but if the new liver fails, further transplants may be possible.

The procedure

The liver, gallbladder, and portions of the connected blood and bile vessels are removed. The donor organs and vessels are connected to the recipient’s vessels.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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