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What is life expectancy when the patient is on a liver transplant list?


Posted by Queenie

Patient is a 50 year old female with a history of alcoholism.  She is jaundiced and had 1.5 liters of fluid drained from her abdomen.  Her doctor told her to get on the transplant list.  She is in denial and frankly I don't see her changing her diet.  She says she has stopped drinking for months.  Her family would like to know what her life expectancy could be.  She is slender and I believe she has stopped eating.  I'm not sure.  She is in the hospital now,  I don't know if they will keep her there or send her home.  She was diagnosed today with cirrhosis.  I've gone through a ton of web sites but can't find a definite answer.  A ball park figure would do.  Years?  Months? Thank you.
 
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