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Examining the Issue of Resuscitation Efforts for Patients Awaiting Liver Transplant

To be eligible for liver transplant, many centers request that patients awaiting the potentially life-saving procedure consent to full resuscitation in the event of cardiac or respiratory arrest before, during or after surgery. A Cleveland Clinic study reveals knowledge gaps among caregivers about these resuscitation policies, underscoring the importance of education surrounding end of life.

New Insights on Post-Transplant Survival after Acute-on-Chronic Liver Failure

Patients with acute-on-chronic liver failure, even those with advanced-grade disease and circulatory failure requiring multiple vasopressors, can achieve one-year survival rates exceeding 80% following liver transplantation, a large North American multicenter study including Cleveland Clinic researchers has found. But the presence of portal vein thrombosis in patients with the most severe ACLF is cause for caution regarding transplantation.

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