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The liver performs many important functions, like filtering waste and poisons, processing nutrients, and storing fuel for your body.
When a person's liver is badly diseased, it can no longer perform these important functions. At this point, a liver transplant is the best way to treat the problem.
People with very diseased livers often have to wait on a long list to receive a new liver. In the past these livers came only from deceased donors - people who had recently passed away. But newer surgical techniques now allow doctors to take part of a liver from a healthy person and transplant it into a sick person.
The donor's remaining liver re-grows over the next couple months, and the donated liver re-grows inside the recipient as well. Although the liver increases in size fairly quickly and appears to be working normally, we still don't know how long it takes to return to full function.
To review some of the information about liver donation that was provided in an earlier presentation, choose from the topics on the next screen.
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