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Liver Transplantation

  • Michael Sean Bleszynski
  • Peter T. W. Kim
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Abstract

The field of liver transplantation has changed since the MELD scoring system became the most widely used donor allocation tool. Due to the MELD-based allocation system, sicker patients with higher MELD scores are being transplanted. Persistent organ donor shortages remain a challenging issue, and as a result, the wait-list mortality is a persistent problem for most of the regions. This chapter focuses on deceased donor and live donor liver transplantation in patients with complications of portal hypertension. Special attention will also be placed on donor-recipient matching, perioperative management of transplant patients, and the impact of hepatic hemodynamics on transplantation.

Keywords

Liver transplant Transplant futility MELD Portal vein thrombosis Portal flows Living donation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Sean Bleszynski
    • 1
    • 2
  • Peter T. W. Kim
    • 1
  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Vancouver General Hospital, Department of General SurgeryVancouverCanada

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