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Liver Transplant : Tacrolimus Vs. Cyclosporine

Definition

Liver transplantation or hepatic transplantation is the replacement of a diseased liver with a healthy liver allograft. The most commonly used technique is orthotopic transplantation, in which the native liver is removed and replaced by the donor organ in the same anatomic location as the original liver. Liver transplantation nowadays is a well accepted treatment option for end-stage liver disease and acute liver failure. It is also one of the most expensive treatments in modern medicine. Typically 3 surgeons and 1 anesthesiologist are involved, with up to 4 supporting nurses. The surgical procedure is very demanding and ranges from 4 up to 18 hours depending on outcome.

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