Evaluating liver transplant candidates and MELD scores

Evaluating liver transplant candidates and MELD scores


When we get a referral for a patient that’s
referred for a liver transplant evaluation at our center it’s typically a patient that’s
cirrhotic or has end stage liver disease and they’ve decompensated at that point so the
only thing that could potentially help them in the future is a transplant. And as our
hepatology team will determine what makes that patient a good transplant candidate or
not. If we feel that they potentially could be a good transplant candidate we’ll send
them in for a referral to our liver transplant center and what that will entail is some multiple
tests including heart and lung testing, some more imaging and endoscopy studies. You’ll
meet our social work team, our financial team, our transplant surgery team and then once
we get all that testing done we come together as a group and say, yes, she’s a good candidate
or or no, they’re not. If we think they’re a good candidate then they get put on a transplant
list and depending on where they are on that list will be a matter of their MELD score
which stands for model of end stage liver disease. And the higher the MELD score the
higher a patient is on the transplant list and then the the great greater likelihood
of them being transplanted.

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