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Clinical Services at Rush Why Liver Transplant?

The liver performs a number of crucial functions in the body, including cleaning the blood, fighting infections, synthesizing protein, storing energy and producing chemicals necessary for digestion. A variety of diseases, such as cirrhosis and liver cancer, can cause the liver to fail.

Liver transplantation is a surgical procedure that places a healthy donated liver from another person into a patient whose liver has failed. The transplanted liver is connected to blood vessels and bile ducts and resumes its normal tasks inside its new body. Donated livers usually come from a person who has died and who registered to be an organ donor while still living.

The following conditions may require you to get a liver transplant:

  • Hepatitis, including hepatitisC, hepatitis B, autoimmune hepatitis
  • Liver cancer
  • Acute liver failure
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Budd-Chiari syndrome
  • Alpha-one anti-trypsin deficiency




Contact Name
Liver Transplant Program at Rush
Contact Phone
(312) 942-4252
Contact E-mail
contact_rush@rush.edu


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