What is the future of liver transplantation in the treatment of cirrhosis?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Exciting new technical advances also may help to improve patients' chances of survival. In the future, expanded use of hepatocyte transplantation may occur. In this therapy, a splenic artery catheter is used to deliver billions of cryopreserved hepatocytes into the spleen of a patient who has end-stage liver disease. The patient then undergoes routine immunosuppression. This strategy has been employed successfully in a small number of patients with cirrhosis and fulminant hepatic failure (FHF) who were not candidates for liver transplant surgery.


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