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Clin Liver Dis. 2007 May;11(2):227-47.

Current indications and contraindications for liver transplantation.

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Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Liver Transplant Program, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA 94304, USA.


Survival rates after liver transplantation have improved steadily because of earlier referral and timely evaluation, judicious patient selection, improved surgical techniques, superior immunosuppressive regimens, and effective prevention of perioperative opportunistic infections. Indications and contraindications for liver transplantation are undergoing constant modifications with the goal of improving survival and functional status of patients who have end-stage liver disease or acute liver failure. Potential candidates for liver transplantation should meet minimal listing criteria and not have contraindications to liver transplantation. Currently, the Model for End-stage Liver Disease score is used for organ allocation, but it may have future application in patient-selection criteria.

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