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Ali M.,Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders | Gupta S.,Center for Liver and Biliary science | Zafar S.M.A.,BIRDEM | Rashid M.,Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition | Year: 2014

Liver transplantation (LT) is the treatment of choice for patients with end-stage liver disease (ESLD). Chronic liver disease due to many causes is prevalent in a significant percentage of the Bangladeshi population. Until recently, liver transplantation facilities were not available, and ESLD patients were dying without treatment. Liver transplantation is a complex procedure that requires integrated and organized approach by a multidisciplinary team. The initiation of liver transplantation in Bangladesh has faced many difficulties. These difficulties have been encountered and overcome in phases. We have successfully performed the first two living-donor liver transplantations (LDLTs) in Bangladesh. The recipient of the first LDLT was a 42-year man with cryptogenic cirrhosis, and the second one was a male of 35 years, suffering from HBV cirrhosis. Both the recipients and donors are doing well and relishing the prospect of a normal life. These two successful liver transplantations are milestones in the development of liver transplantation services in Bangladesh. Source

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