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114 Life expectancy of liver transplant patients, and can they be weaned off meds?




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This article is from the Organ Transplant FAQ, by mike_holloway@hotmail.com (Michael Holloway) with numerous contributions by others.

114 Life expectancy of liver transplant patients, and can they be weaned off meds?

Question:
What is the life expectancy of liver transplant patients?
Has anyone been weaned completely off antirejection medication?

Answer:
No one knows the answer to this question. The longest living survivor was
transplanted in January of 1970, over 25 years ago. Yes, some patients
have been weaned completely off anti-rejection medications under very
special circumstances. Currently no one knows which patients can be
succesfully weaned from antirejection medications and which patients will
develop graft failure and die if weaning immunosuppression is attempted.

Jeff Punch, MD (transplant surgeon), University of Michigan


 

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