How do hepatocellular carcinoma and hepatopulmonary syndrome affect organ allocation in patients with cirrhosis?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Within any region of the country, a donor organ in a particular ABO blood group is allocated to the cirrhotic patient within the same blood group who has the highest MELD or PELD score. Special rules have been developed to address potentially life-threatening liver disease complications, such as hepatocellular carcinoma and hepatopulmonary syndrome. Patients with these conditions, as well as other exceptional cases, can receive a higher MELD or PELD score than that calculated from creatinine, bilirubin, and INR alone.


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