This is a surgery to replace a diseased or damaged liver with a liver from a donor who has died. In some cases, a portion of the liver of a living, related donor may be used.
Normal vs. Diseased Liver
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A liver transplant is done to treat a liver that is not working and cannot be fixed. This may be caused by:
- Hepatitis A, B, or C
- Alcoholic liver disease
- Primary biliary cirrhosis
- Primary sclerosing cholangitis, which is a disease of the bile ducts
- Sudden liver failure
- Congenital defects such as biliary atresia
- Liver tumors
- Metabolic defects such as Wilson disease
- Poisoning or drug-induced damage
Last reviewedSeptember 2013by Michael Woods, MD
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