Liver Transplant Selection Criteria

Each person’s journey to transplant is unique. Generally, a liver transplant is indicated for patients who are suffering from end-stage liver disease. These patients can experience symptoms such as:

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)
  • Ascites (excess abdominal fluid)
  • Encephalopathy (confusion)
  • Muscle wasting
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Coagulopathy (poor blood clotting)

Learn More About Liver Transplant at UH

To refer a patient call 216-844-3689.

To learn more about our liver transplant program, call 216-844-5697.

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Conditions We Treat

The Liver Transplant Program at UH Transplant Institute offers organ transplants for many conditions, including:

  • Abstinent alcoholic liver disease
  • Ascites that does not respond to diuretics
  • Budd-Chiari syndrome
  • Cirrhosis with acute or chronic gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Cirrhosis with liver mass on imaging study
  • Cirrhosis due to chronic hepatitis
  • Elevated alfa-fetoprotein
  • Liver masses and primary liver cancers seen on ultrasound, CT or MRI
  • Encephalopathy
  • Symptomatic polycystic liver disease

Who Doesn’t Qualify for a Liver Transplant?

Not all patients are candidates for liver transplant. The following conditions may complicate a liver transplant or make it less likely to succeed:

Candidate Selection

The multidisciplinary team at UH Transplant Institute decides if a patient should be a candidate for a liver transplant after a thorough review of test results, physical examination, medical and social history and doctor recommendations. Decisions about liver transplant candidacy are made by the multidisciplinary team as a group. All decision made by the multidisciplinary team are discussed with the patient by the physician or transplant nurse coordinator. Once accepted for a liver transplant, the patient is placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) liver transplant waiting list.