Liver transplantation for alcoholic liver disease, viral hepatitis, and hepatic neoplasms

D. H. Van Thiel, B. Carr, S. Iwatsuki, A. Tzakis, J. J. Fung, T. E. Starzl

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Abstract

In closing, it is important to note that the indications for liver transplantation are not static but rather are remarkably dynamic and capable of change over time. Thus yesterday's major indications can become relative contraindications, while yesterday's absolute contraindications have become today's nuisances. The goal for physicians who care for individuals with problems such as alcoholic liver disease, viral hepatitis, and hepatic cancer should be to develop new strategies of care that will ultimately eliminate these diseases as problems, rather than eliminating individuals with such health problems from currently available health options. In other words, physicians who accept the responsibility for a patient's life should be searching for the best form of therapy available for their patient rather than examining the reasons that exist for limiting one's choice in health care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1917-1921
Number of pages5
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Volume23
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation

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