Evaluation and Selection of the Patient with Alcoholic Liver Disease for Liver Transplant

Jennifer Leong, Gene Y. Im

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Abstract

Alcoholic liver cirrhosis is the second most common indication for liver transplantation in the United States. Studies have shown that these patients do as well as those transplanted for nonalcoholic liver disease. Recently, transplantation of patients with alcoholic liver disease has come under closer scrutiny following an article in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrating comparable outcomes and survival in patients transplanted for acute alcoholic hepatitis. This article reviews the literature and data on the evaluation and selection of patients with alcoholic cirrhosis for liver transplant, and discusses the most recent indication (once a contraindication), acute alcoholic hepatitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)851-863
Number of pages13
JournalClinics in Liver Disease
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2012

Keywords

  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Evaluation
  • Liver transplantation
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