Managing the Complications of Cirrhosis: A Practical Approach

Atif Zaman, MD, MPH

Chapter 10: Timing Of Referral For Liver Transplant (continued)

James R. Burton Jr, MD

Due to the success of liver transplantation over the past 2 decades, patients with end-stage liver disease have potential for improved survival and quality of life. With this advance, the gap between organ availability and demand has widened. Currently there are nearly 16,000 patients awaiting liver transplantation in the United States with about 6000 liver transplants annually and approximately 2000 deaths occurring while on the waiting list. The main indication for liver transplantation in the United States is complications of end-stage liver disease from hepatitis C virus (HCV) with or…