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Does alcoholic cirrhosis go away after liver transplant?

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Stephen Treloar 20 Jul 2016

Of course, but getting an alcoholic to even get interviewed for listing on the Transplant list, you have to prove you have been abstinent for a period of one year and if you apply, you are subject to random blood ETG testing (the four day detection test) and testing for illicit drugs (e.g. codeine gives a full positive for morphine). As well as that weekly couselling is considered mandatory.

If you should get a liver, you won't be drinking again as inflammation of the new liver ends up resulting in organ rejection.

Good luck, Steve (alchoholic for 28 years and 3 years sober)

Stephen Treloar 20 Jul 2016

I should add that I encountered a Chinese guy who burnt through his new liver in 3 years and then took his 9 year old daughter to China to have half her liver removed for her dad (hopelessly too small for an adult) and had come back to Australia begging for a new liver. He didn't get it; I was not sorry at all.

If you get an organ think of it as a precious gift.

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