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The liver is the largest organ in the body and located in the upper right side of the abdomen, beneath the diaphragm, and on top of the stomach, right kidney, and intestines.
The liver carries out many important functions, such as:
Reasons for liver Transplant
A liver transplant may be recommended for people who have end-stage liver disease (ESLD), a serious, life-threatening liver dysfunction. ESLD may result from various conditions of the liver.
The most common liver disease for which transplants are done is cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is a long-term disease of the liver in which a fibre-like tissue covers the organ and prevents toxins and poisonous substances from being removed.
There may be other risks depending on your specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your doctor prior to the procedure.
Liver Transplantation -Liver transplantation is the replacement of a diseased liver with a healthy liver from another person. The liver may come from a deceased organ donor or from a living donor. Family members or individuals who are unrelated but make a good match may be able to donate a portion of their liver. This type of transplant is called a living transplant.
An entire liver may be transplanted, or just a section. Because the liver is the only organ in the body able to regenerate, a transplanted portion of a liver can rebuild to normal capacity within weeks.
Liver donor requirements -Any member of the family, parent, sibling, child, spouse or a volunteer can donate their liver. The criteria for a liver donation include: