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A man is counting his blessings after being the successful recipient of a liver transplant to replace his scarred liver from autoimmune hepatitis secondary to primary biliary cirrhosis. He also developed diabetes due to inflammation of the bile ducts that lead to blockage of the duct that drains the pancreas. Liver cirrhosis prevents the removal of toxins in the blood, inhibits breakdown of the toxins, and stops the formation of energy. Despite having a protracted recovery, developing a hernia and suffering depression, he has joined one of the other 88% of liver recipients to survive the first year post-transplantation. Unfortunately, the operation did not cure his primary biliary cirrhosis and he has ongoing need for endoscopies to stent his bile ducts and still requires medication. Rejection of the liver by the man's immune system has occurred 3 times, which presents as pain, nausea and high temperatures. Other organs, tissues and cornea can be donated from deceased or living donors, this can be organized through organ donation programs.
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About: Liver transplant recipient back into the swing of things
Date: 17 July 2005
Source: Pallidium Item
Author: Rachel E. Sheeley
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