Liver specialists are called hepatologists. Transplant surgeons usually perform liver transplants. After the transplant, children will be cared for by a team of providers including intensive care doctors, physician assistants, nurses, fellows, hepatologists and surgeons.
Donating a portion of your liver to someone who is sick is a serious decision. Donors must take time off for the work-up, surgery and recovery. Usually they need 6-12 weeks after the surgery to resume activities. There is a small risk of dying when donating a portion of liver but it is less than...
Hepatitis C is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and can be transmitted through blood contact. Because of the lack of symptoms during early stages, hepatitis C is usually not diagnosed until its damage is well advanced.
Recovery from a liver transplant varies from person to person depending on age and how sick one was at the time of the transplant.In general recover y takes 3-6 months. Eventually, most liver transplant patients return to fully activities including work, exercise and daily activities. Many reci
Hepatitis literally means inflammation of the liver, and refers to a group of conditions that may be caused by one of many viruses. Hepatitis can be inherited, acquired or brought on by excessive alcohol consumption. The most well known forms of hepatitis are hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
Living donors must be ages 20-60 usually. They must be in good general health with no significant medical conditions. They must be able to take time off of work for the surgery and recovery. They must be willing to follow up with the transplant center.
Each patient’s liver disease can develop differently. Some symptoms of deteriorating liver function are fatigue, forgetfulness or mental confusion, loss of consciousness (coma), sleep reversal (inability to sleep at night, but wanting to sleep all day), ascites (fluid in the abdomen), spontaneous...
Hepatitis B is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and can be transmitted through blood contact. Chronic hepatitis B can lead to cirrhosis (deterioration of the liver where scar tissue replaces healthy tissue and impedes blood-flow through the liver) and also liver cancer.
The treatment for liver cancer depends on the spread of the cancer and if one has underlying liver disease. Patient with cancer but normal liver function may have surgery to remove the tumor. If the liver is also diseased, transplantation may be the best option. If the cancer has spread outside of..
Blood tests may lead a physician to suspect liver cancer, which can then be diagnosed by CT, MRI, or ultrasound with contrast. Cholangiocarcinoma must be diagnosed with special endoscopic and contrast imaging techniques to explore the bile ducts.
The hepatitis B virus (HBV) is treated with antiviral or immunomodulatory therapy. Currently approved therapies include standard interferon, lamivudine, adefovir, and entecavir. In 2011, the vast majority of people with hepatitis B can be cleared of the virus with medications.
When a patient receives a heart, lung, liver, kidney or pancreas from an organ donor (living or deceased), the patient's immune system will recognize the foreign tissue and mobilize to reject the organ unless he or she takes medications that suppress the immune system's natural processes. These m...