During a liver transplant, your damaged liver is removed
and replaced with a healthy one from an organ donor.
Liver transplantation is done to treat long-term (chronic)
hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection only after all other treatments have not worked,
because transplanted organs can become reinfected with HBV.
Liver transplants typically are done
at large medical centers. Transplantation is very expensive.
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8. Hamilton, ON: BC Decker.
October 29, 2012
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
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