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For those people whoare not that much into the human anatomy, the organ or rather the gland inquestion is considered to be the largest one of the kind in our body. Thisvital organ is situated on the right side of the abdomen and is known forits numerous functions. Some of them include storing fats and hydrolising, redblood cells decomposition, as well as detoxification. When all this is taken into consideration, it is obvious that this organ is extremely important when it comes to the properfunctioning of our metabolism. But, on the other hand, there also exist numerousconditions that can hinder the proper functioning of the liver and cause unwanteddamage. Among the most severe conditions and illnesses that can affect theliver to a great extent are hepatitis (chronic in nature), cirrhosis, livertumor. In case, any of the previously mentioned illnesses makes progress and advancesto a critical point, despite the medical treatment and conventional surgery, the last option to embrace is the transplantation of the liver. But eventhis “solution” has its downfalls, primarily physical, but also mental and emotionalexhaustion.

Life expectancy

When it comes to thisquestion, unfortunately, there is no precise and definite answer. And this isdue to an enormous number of causes, as well as factors. Among those mostprominent ones is the fact that the entire concept of liver transplantation isstill in its “youth”, i.e. developmental phase. Therefore, in the recent yearsthere have been conducted numerous research studies aiming at comprehending theentire matter better and more profoundly, and thus they come to some definite answersand conclusion related to the overall life expectancy. The factor that isconsidered to be vital is the post-transplantation time frame. What has been confirmed so far is that those children who manage to withstand the first yearafter the procedure has been done, live long into the adulthood. As for the adults,no such clear cut rule exists since there have been recorded cases in which peoplewere just unable to endure and deal with the post-operational complicationswith success, whereas others who were are able, live much longer.

Affecting factors

Even though the liver isconsidered to be the second most vital body organ, right after kidneys, people must understand that not everyperson suffering from certain liver related illness will qualify for thetransplantation. Those persons who have damaged liver because of the alcohol ordrug abuse, or due to the presence of cancer that has progressed and takencontrol over other organs, as well as due to progressive lung and heartillnesses, HIV or sepsis, unfortunately do not fall into the qualifying category.As for those who do manage to get another chance, they have to be extremelycareful and pay a lot of attention, especially when post-operational care is inquestion, for this is vital for their recovery.

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