According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) data, as of December 2010, 4,448 liver transplants have been performed with 16,118 patients on the waiting list in the same year . The advances in patient and donor selection, surgical techniques, immunosuppression, organ preservation, and critical care management have made lifesaving liver transplantation possible to those with irrevocable liver damage and acute liver failure. Yet the scarcity of organs continues to be a major obstacle to greater application of liver transplantation (Fig. 15.1).
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Liver Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine|
|Publisher||Springer New York|
|Number of pages||13|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2012|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes