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Int J Clin Lab Res. 1992;22(4):211-5.

Orthotopic liver transplantation for chronic viral hepatitis: an overview.

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Division of Gastroenterology, Molinette Hospital, Turin, Italy.


The aim of this review is to discuss the problem of orthotopic liver transplantation in patients suffering from chronic viral liver disease due to hepatitis B, C and D viruses. The decision to operate these patients is often controversial, as the risk of a recurrence of viral infection is very high and reinfection may be severe enough to require a second or even multiple grafts. However, the quality of life and the survival rate improve after transplantation in chronic viral hepatitis patients.

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