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When do you need a liver transplant?

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Your doctor will consider a liver transplant when yours no longer works well enough, a condition called liver failure. It can happen suddenly as a result of viral hepatitis, a drug injury, or infection. Or it can be the end result of a long-term problem such as:

  • Chronic hepatitis with cirrhosis
  • Primary biliary cholangitis
  • Sclerosing cholangitis
  • Biliary atresia
  • Alcoholism
  • Wilson's disease
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

From: Liver Transplantation WebMD Medical Reference

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The American Liver Foundation. 

Sotiropoulos GC. 2009; 87(11): 1672-1680. Transplantation,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 12, 2018

SOURCE: 

The American Liver Foundation. 

Sotiropoulos GC. 2009; 87(11): 1672-1680. Transplantation,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 12, 2018

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