Definition Liver transplant is surgery to replace a diseased liver with a healthy liver. Alternative Names Hepatic transplant; Transplant - liver Description The donated liver may be from: A donor who has recently died and has not had liver injury. This type of donor is called a cadaver donor. Sometimes a healthy person will donate part of his or her liver to a patient. This kind of donor is called a living donor. The liver can regrow itself. Both people usually end up with fully working livers after a successful transplant. The donor liver is transported in a cooled salt-water (saline) solution that preserves the organ for up to 8 hours. The necessary tests can then be done to match the donor with the recipient. The diseased liver is removed from the donor through a surgical cut in the upper abdomen. It is placed into the patient who needs the liver, and attached to the blood vessels and bile ducts. The operation may take up to 12 hours. The patient will have to receive a large amount of bloo...
In December 2007, the New York Times published an article entitled "Data about Zetia risk was not fully revealed." The article claimed that Merck and Schering-Plough, the manufacturers of Zetia (aka ezetimibe), have information pertaining to the risk of liver damage when taking this cholesterol lowering medication in combination with statin drugs but that the companies have not released them to the public. The 2 companies confirm that this information exists yet justify not publishing them since they deemed them to be "not scientifically significant." To make the medical community and the public lose even more confidence in Zetia, the companies have also not released the results from a large study called ENHANCE which was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of Zetia with and without Zocor (a type of statin drug) in the prevention of carotid artery thickening. Carotid artery thickening is often used as surrogate for the development of heart artery ...
If you have a heart problem you go to a cardiologist and get
it taken care of. If you have complex
diabetes , you go to an endocrinologist and get it taken care of. If you have cancer, you go to an oncologist
and get it taken care of. Where do you
go if you have pain?
You might think you
go to a "Pain Specialist." Who might
that be? Here's a short list of
possibilities: A psychiatrist, an anesthesiologist, a physiatrist, a
neurologist, a psychologist; or different individuals who practice massage,
acupuncture, or hypnosis; or interventional pain physicians, or a physician who
favors the use of medicines, or physicians who prefer not to use pain medicines . This is the short list of
If you are like many,
perhaps most, people living with chronic pain , you have tried the whole list
and then some---and this journey may have taken years. Each stop along the way typically there is
hope; there are tests and trea...
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