Medical Aspects of Liver Transplantation

Authors

  • David H. Van Thiel,

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    1. Departments of Medicine and Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261
    • David H. Van Thiel, M.D., 1000J Scaife Hall, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261.
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  • Robert R. Schade,

    1. Departments of Medicine and Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261
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  • Judith S. Gavaler,

    1. Departments of Medicine and Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261
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  • Byers W. Shaw Jr.,

    1. Departments of Medicine and Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261
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  • Shunzaburo Iwatsuki,

    1. Departments of Medicine and Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261
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  • Thomas E. Starzl

    1. Departments of Medicine and Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261
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Abstract

The methods used to screen prospective candidates for orthotopic liver transplantation are described. Both the indication and the contraindications for the procedure are discussed. The timing of the procedure during the course of an individual candidate's liver disease is also discussed. Additionally, the institutional requirements of a liver transplant center are identified. Finally, the problems experienced by a liver transplant patient and his physician during the postoperative period are identified and discussed.

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