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What is a liver transplant evaluation?

Because of the wide range of information necessary to determine eligibility for a liver transplant, an evaluation process is necessary.

What to expect

The expert team at our Center for Liver Disease performs comprehensive evaluations for liver transplantations. Components of the transplant evaluation process include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Psychological and social evaluation: Psychological and social issues involved in organ transplantation, such as stress, financial issues, and support by family and/or significant others are assessed. These issues can significantly impact the outcome of a transplant.
  • Blood tests: Blood tests are performed to help determine a good donor match, to assess a patient’s priority on the donor list, and to help improve the chances that the donor organ will not be rejected.
  • Diagnostic tests: Diagnostic tests may be performed to assess the patient’s liver as well as overall health status. These tests may include X-rays, ultrasound procedures, liver biopsy, and dental examinations. Women may receive a Pap test, gynecology evaluation, and a mammogram.

Results

The transplant team will consider all information from interviews, medical history, physical examination and diagnostic tests in determining a patient’s eligibility for liver transplantation.

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