How are the risks and benefits of liver transplantation weighed in cirrhosis?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The timing of the transplant surgery for patients on the transplant waiting list is a key issue. Typically, it is believed that the risks of the transplant may exceed the benefits when the MELD score is less than 15. However, when the MELD score is greater than 15, the benefits of the transplant typically exceed the risks. [65] Needless to say, there can be many exceptions to this so-called rule.


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