Which factors have contributed to improved postoperative survival following liver transplantation for cirrhosis?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Advances in surgical technique, organ preservation, and immunosuppression have resulted in dramatic improvements in postoperative survival. In the early 1980s, the percentage of patients surviving 1 year and 5 years after liver transplant were only 70% and 15%, respectively. Now, patients can anticipate a 1-year survival rate of 85-90% and a 5-year survival rate of higher than 70%. Quality of life after liver transplant is good or excellent in most cases.


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