Liver Transplant (cont.)
Steve Guillen, MD
Martin Black, MD, FRCP
Grace Thomas, MD
Robert M McNamara, MD, FAAEM
Michael D Burg, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
James Ungar, MD
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Exams and Tests
If a patient comes to the hospital or an emergency department, the doctor will obtain blood tests, liver function tests, blood clotting tests, electrolytes, and kidney function tests. The doctor may also draw blood levels of certain immunosuppressive medications to make sure they are in the right range. If an infection is considered possible, cultures for viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other organisms may be grown. These may be checked for in the urine, sputum, and blood.
Pretransplant tests are done to evaluate the severity of the liver disease and to determine where the patient should be placed on the waiting list. Once this initial evaluation is complete, the case is presented to a review committee of physicians and other staff members of the hospital. If the person is accepted as a candidate, he or she is placed on the waiting list for a liver transplant. A recipient may undergo some of the following tests before the transplantation:
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