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Liver transplantation today

Marsh, JW and Makowka, L and Todo, S and Gordon, RD and Esquivel, CO and Tzakis, A and Iwatsuki, S and Starzl, TE (1987) Liver transplantation today. Postgraduate Medicine, 81 (5). 13 - 23. ISSN 0032-5481

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Abstract

In summary, liver transplantation has truly come of age. To put things in perspective, the recipient waiting list at the University of Pittsburgh never includes fewer than 200 suitable candidates, and it continues to grow in spite of the fact that we are now doing essentially one transplant per day. There are many excellent transplant centers throughout the United States and Europe, the only limiting factor being the supply of donors. Orthotopic liver transplantation is now covered by most major health insurance carriers, and some form of government coverage is anticipated for the indigent. As the supply of donors increases with aggressive education programs, the need for transplantation centers will also increase. However, this should not be uncontrolled growth. Mandatory training in transplantation surgery will surely be required as a prerequisite to the establishment of transplant centers in the future. The field of organ transplantation is the newest and most dynamic in medicine today. The results are encouraging and acceptable and offer the only hope to many persons dying of end-stage organ failure. With improvements in immune modulation at hand, organ transplantation will soon become a commonplace procedure offering a completely normal life expectancy.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Marsh, JW
Makowka, L
Todo, S
Gordon, RD
Esquivel, CO
Tzakis, A
Iwatsuki, S
Starzl, TEtes11@pitt.eduTES11
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, or Units > Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute
Date: 1 January 1987
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Postgraduate Medicine
Volume: 81
Number: 5
Page Range: 13 - 23
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/00325481.1987.11699776
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0032-5481
Article Type: Review
Other ID: uls-drl:31735062119502, Starzl CV No. 756
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2010 17:12
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 11:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4142

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