Indications for liver transplantation and pretransplant evaluation

Cynthia L. Leaphart, Dana K. Perry

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Liver transplantation began with experimental canine transplants in the late 1950s. In 1963, the first human liver transplant was attempted by Thomas Starzl. During the first decade of liver transplantation, survival rates were low. The introduction of cyclosporine for immunosuppression, advances in surgical technique, progress in anesthesia and critical care management, and advances in preservation solutions have rapidly accelerated progress. Liver transplant is the treatment of choice for a select group of patients with acute and chronic liver diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCommon Surgical Diseases
Subtitle of host publicationAn Algorithmic Approach to Problem Solving, Third Edition
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781493915651
ISBN (Print)9781493915644
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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