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Am J Gastroenterol. 2005 Sep;100(9):2116-27.

Preoperative assessment of the patient with liver disease.

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Critical Care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota 55905, USA.


Patients with liver disease are at appreciable risk when undergoing anesthesia and surgery. Attempts to quantify this risk have been thwarted by the diversity of disease states and illness severity that such patients bring to the operating theater and the myriad of procedures they may undergo. This review discusses the indications and contraindications for surgery in patients with liver disease and attempts to give specific recommendations for optimizing the clinical status of a patient with hepatic dysfunction prior to operative intervention.

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