What is the prevalence of liver transplantation?

Updated: Mar 01, 2019
  • Author: Paul D Russ, MD; Chief Editor: John Karani, MBBS, FRCR  more...
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The liver is the second most commonly transplanted major organ, after the kidney. In 2017, 8,082 patients received a liver transplant and 13,885 patients were on the waiting list for a liver transplant. As of June 30, 2016, nearly 80,000 adults were living with a functioning liver graft. [1, 2] Imaging is an important part of the liver transplantation workup and identification of postsurgical complications. An increasing number of orthotopic and living-donor liver transplantations are being performed to salvage patients with otherwise incurable end-stage liver disease (ESLD). Meticulous preoperative evaluation can decrease the frequency of postoperative complications.


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