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what are life expectancies of livertransplant patients?

By Anonymous January 27, 2009 - 2:46pm
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There are many factors that go into this equation (underlying cause, current age, gender, medical conditions, health status, lifestyle, etc). Here's one article I found for you:

According to a 2006 Science Daily article, "...those aged between 17 and 34 had the highest life expectancy of 28 years after a liver transplant."

They also found that, "transplant recipients with primary liver disease fared significantly better than those undergoing the procedure because of hepatitis C infection, cirrhosis, or cancer."

Can you provide more information, and I can do some more research (or, we can ask our medical experts) so that the answers your specific situation.

Alison B

January 27, 2009 - 3:50pm

Hi Anonymous, Thanks for writing. Many factors can contribute to the success of a liver transplant including the return of the condition that prompted the transplant, blood vessels blockage going into or out of the liver, the health of tubes that carry bile into the intestine, lifestyle, autoimmune issues and more. The good news, according the National Digestive Diseases information center, a division of the U.S. government, liver transplants usually work.

"About 80 to 90 percent of transplanted livers are still working after 1 year. If the new liver does not work or if your body rejects it, your doctor and the transplant team will decide whether another transplant is possible."

Did you recently have a transplant? Can you share with us the reasons for the transplant?

For more information, you may want to visit from EmpowHer.com's encyclopedia. It has amazing information on what to expect following a transplant as well as what to watch out for post-op.

January 27, 2009 - 3:47pm
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