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Liver Transplantation

Home to one of the region’s most comprehensive programs for the treatment of complex liver diseases, Allegheny General Hospital’s Liver Transplantation Program became a Medicare-certified Center for Liver Transplantation in 2010. The program consistently achieves outcomes that meet and exceed national standards as defined by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
 
Our multidisciplinary team of highly trained specialists affords patients access to the complete spectrum of advanced medical and surgical therapies for various liver diseases. Physicians from medical oncology, surgery, radiation oncology, hepatology and interventional radiology work closely together to determine a patient’s best course of treatment.
 
Liver transplantation may be an option for some patients with primary liver cancer, which is also known as hepatocellular carcinoma.  With this aggressive treatment method, the entire liver containing the tumors is removed and replaced with a donated liver. This procedure is typically not available to patients whose tumors metastasized to the liver from other parts of the body, except in rare cases. Other indications for liver transplantation include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B and C, auto-immune hepatitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, fatty liver disease, alcoholic cirrhosis, and hemochromatosis.
 
Following transplant surgery, patients get continuous monitoring of their liver function and for a period of time make weekly visits to AGH’s transplant clinic for routine diagnostic follow up.
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