The role of liver transplantation in the management of portal hypertension.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Liver transplantation is the treatment of choice for end stage liver disease and not a treatment specifically for portal hypertension. A patient with complications of portal hypertension must be evaluated for the presence, etiology, and severity of liver disease to determine the most appropriate therapy. In a Child's Class A patient, who would not be a liver transplant candidate for two to three years, surgical shunts may be indicated. Shunt surgery, however, does not address the underlying liver disease. Liver transplantation is reserved for the patient with complications of cirrhosis (such as ascites, encephalopathy, malnutrition, intractable pruritus, and variceal hemorrhage) for whom no other form of therapy exists.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sudan, DL; Shaw, BW

Published Date

  • May 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 1 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 115 - xii

PubMed ID

  • 15562672

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1089-3261

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s1089-3261(05)70259-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States