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Who's a Liver Transplant Candidate?

When you have end stage liver disease, and no longer see results with medical therapy, you may be a liver transplant candidate at UPMC.

At the UPMC Liver Transplant Program, we consider each person referred to our program – even if other centers have said that you are not a candidate.

We're committed to providing liver transplant services to anyone who will benefit, including those who are high-risk.

Liver Failure Causes

A liver transplant can help those who have:

Exclusion Criteria for Liver Transplant

The UPMC Liver Transplant team makes every attempt to ensure that people chosen for transplant evaluation are the most suitable for the surgery.

Before you can begin the liver transplant evaluation process, you must be free of:

  • Cancer outside the liver
  • Alcohol for at least 6 months
  • Substance abuse
  • Active infections
  • Disabling psychiatric conditions
  • Documented medical non-compliance
  • Lack of adequate social support
  • Lack of adequate insurance
  • Other diseases or conditions

You must also be willing and able to make lifestyle changes to support the gift of life that a liver transplant provides.

Living-donor liver transplant

If you're at an earlier stage of liver failure, you may want to look in to living-donor liver transplant. This surgery is a partial liver transplant, so you must have it before your liver disease is severe enough to require a full organ transplant.

The UPMC liver transplant team will work with you to help find a suitable living donor and help you both through the process.

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