Liver transplantation for subfulminant hepatitis.

D. H. Van Thiel, H. I. Wright, S. Fagiuoli, A. Gurakar, P. Caraceni

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The preceding discussion has characterized the various types of viral hepatitis, both common and unusual, that can lead to subfulminant hepatic failure. Whenever specific medical therapy exists, it is preferred. If the disease has progressed sufficiently to prohibit survival inspite of medical therapy, OLT is indicated under the umbrella of continuing specific medical therapy. Conversely, if no medical therapy exists, OLT is the only possible therapy but should be used only if extrahepatic disease processes do not prohibit survival. Hopefully, with better and more effective means of immunosuppression, immunosuppression monitoring and the development of additional medical therapies for viruses, OLT will be used less often in cases of subfulminant viral hepatitis in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-24
Number of pages3
JournalIndian journal of gastroenterology : official journal of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology
Volume12 Suppl 3
StatePublished - Dec 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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