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What are the risks of a liver transplant?

Liver transplant recipients must take medications to help the new liver function smoothly and to prevent organ rejection. Immunosuppressant medications have many side effects, including increased risk of infection.

Other risks after liver transplantation include:

- bleeding at the anastomosis (the place where the blood vessels from donor and recipient liver were joined);

- hepatic artery thrombosis (a clot in the liver artery);

- bile duct leaks, which can cause infection; and

- organ rejection.

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