This is a surgery to replace a diseased or damaged liver with a liver from a donor who has died. In some cases, a portion of the liver of a living, related donor may be used.

Normal vs. Diseased Liver
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A liver transplant is done to treat a liver that is not working and cannot be fixed. This may be caused by:

  • Cirrhosis
  • Hepatitis A, B, or C
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis, which is a disease of the bile ducts
  • Sudden liver failure
  • Congenital defects such as biliary atresia
  • Liver tumors
  • Metabolic defects such as Wilson disease
  • Poisoning or drug-induced damage