Assessment For Liver Transplantation
As with renal transplantation, assessment of a potential liver transplant recipient involves not only evaluation of the liver disease for which transplantation is indicated, but also determination of comorbidity that may affect peri or post-operative morbidity and mortality. Moreover, since liver transplantation is now a successful treatment for liver failure, focus has switched to ensuring longterm survival rather than just surviving the surgical assault. The shortage of organs has necessitated increased selectivity, favouring patients with better anticipated outcomes.
Evaluating the liver disease
Most liver screening tests are repeated to verify the diagnosis and rule out other diseases. These are illustrated in Figure 34.