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Pioneers of liver transplant surgery in India, with dreams of a liver disease free society.

Chennai Liver Foundation (CLF) is a voluntary, non-profit organisation which aims to promote awareness about liver health by supporting research and educational activities. It offers help, support and information to the medical fraternity and the general public about diagnosis, prevention and treatment of liver related diseases.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1.Who needs liver transplant surgery?
  • We determine it through the MELD score. Model for End-Stage Liver Disease, or MELD, is a scoring system for assessing the severity of chronic liver disease. When the score is between 8 to 12 or 13, we say that they are in the stable cirrhotic ridge. But when the score is more than 14 or 15 that is when people develop decompensated liver disease and that is when the cirrhotic liver is not able to sustain the day-to-day needs of the body.
    By this time we recommend, the patients undergo a liver transplant.
    This is the period when the liver, which is the battery or the engine of the human body is unable to supply the day-to-day energy needs and this is when we cannot improve the liver function.
  • 2.Who doesn’t need liver transplant surgery?
  • The liver is a wonderful organ. It has fantastic regenerative capabilities. Even though the liver is cirrhotic or has developed cirrhosis but still the liver function might be adequate to maintain the day-to-day needs of the patient. So this condition would call us stable liver disease or stable cirrhosis.
  • 3.What is Alcoholic Hepatitis?
  • Hepatitis is a serious medical condition in which a patient may experience rapid acute liver failure in response to a recent intake of alcohol. It's a spectrum of diseases. It can be mild, but in some scenarios, it can be life-threatening.
  • 4.What are the treatment options for alcoholic hepatitis?
  • Well, unfortunately, the treatment options are very limited. We give patients IV steroids and some of them respond and improve. Unfortunately, a large percentage of patients with alcoholic hepatitis o not improve with steroids and we can only provide them supportive medical care and hope they spontaneously improve.
  • 5.Are People with alcoholic hepatitis eligible for a liver transplant?
  • So there is another option for these patients that are critically ill with severe alcoholic hepatitis, and that's the possibility of a life-saving liver transplant. Unfortunately, there is a rule in place where the Patients cannot have a liver transplant if they've not been sober for six months.
  • 6.What alcohol use disorder treatments are available to patients after transplant?
  • Treatment for alcohol use disorder is a very important part of the recovery process for patients after liver transplant. Previously, our patients had undergone that type of treatment before their transplant, but for this group of patients, they simply had no time or they were too critically ill to undergo substance use disorder treatment before their transplant. We now offer that treatment after they've recovered from their liver transplant and that can be behavioral modification with a psychotherapist or even pharmacologic interventions with drugs that are known to reduce cravings for alcohol.

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