Trekking new ground: Overcoming medical and social impediments for extended criteria liver transplant recipients

Authors

  • Geoffrey W. McCaughan

    Corresponding author
    1. Australian National Liver Transplant Unit, A. W. Morrow Gastroenterology and Liver Center, Centenary Research Institute, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, University of Sydney, Newtown, New South Wales, Australia
    • Australian National Liver Transplant Unit, A. W. Morrow Gastroenterology and Liver Center, Centenary Research Institute, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, University of Sydney, Locked Bag No. 6, Newtown, New South Wales, Australia 2042
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Abstract

Key Points

1. There is an increasing recognition that previously marginal candidates for liver transplantation can receive therapies that allow transplant to take place.

2. Coronary artery disease is an increasing co-morbidity in liver transplant candidates.

3. Physio-social issues require written guidelines and patient advocates.

4. Methadone maintenance therapy per se is not a contra-indication to liver transplantation. Liver Transpl 18:S-S, 2012. © 2012 AASLD.

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