Living-donor liver transplantation (LDLT) is a life-saving procedure for patients on the transplant waiting list. The purpose of this webinar is to discuss the complex conditions that may lead to the need for a liver transplant. The American Liver Foundation has teamed up with UPMC- pioneers and leading experts in organ transplantation- to provide an overview of the procedure, including risks and benefits for donor and recipient.
Source: Webinar: Living Donor Liver Transplantation – American Liver Foundation
A potential treatment for sudden liver failure could cut the need for transplants, say scientists at the University of Edinburgh.
The liver has an incredible natural ability to repair itself, but this can be lost in some injuries including severe drug overdoses.
The therapy is a cancer drug that restores this regenerative potential.
The work is at a very early stage, but the team say alternatives to transplant would have a huge impact on patients.
Around 200 people in the UK have sudden life-threatening liver failure each year.
Source: Liver transplants ‘may be unnecessary thanks to new drug treatment’ – BBC News
Some Kentucky surgeons worry that a new way of allocating livers to U.S transplant patients could be detrimental, or even deadly, to people in the bluegrass state.
“The fear in Kentucky and many southern states, and many states that have transplant centers that represent rural patients, is … we’re going to become organ farms for large cities,” said Dr. Malay Shah, surgical director of liver transplant for UK HealthCare in Lexington.
The board that handles the issue on a national level passed a new policy earlier this month that will give patients who live in distant locales, such as Chicago, access to livers donated in Kentucky. The policy affects the handling of livers from most deceased adult donors across the country.
Source: Will new U.S. policy make it too hard for Kentuckians to get liver transplants? – Insider Louisville
We have a liver selection meeting every Wednesday to consider which patients will get transplants. Each patient is listed by name, age, weight, diagnosis and MELD score – a number, based entirely on lab values, that predicts how bad their liver is and correlates with how likely they are to die waiting for a transplant. A score of 15 is where we start to consider transplantation, and 40 means a 90 percent chance of dying within three months.
Scanning the list, I noticed with discomfort that the patients at the top, with a MELD of 35 or more, had mostly the same diagnoses: alcoholic liver disease; nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, a consequence of obesity leading to fatty liver; and an occasional hepatitis C, a virus that was once the most common indication for liver transplant but now is being cured. This was not surprising. These diagnoses make up greater than 60 percent of the national waitlist, and that number continues to grow.
Source: One number determines who gets an organ transplant, and it’s horribly unfair – Chicago Tribune