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GUWAHATI, Jan 18 � �In our series of liver transplant recipients which is one of the largest in India, we were alarmed to find that about one fourth (25 per cent) of the patients from the North-east had to undergo emergency liver transplants, and in all these Hepatitis B virus infection was the causative factor.�

This was stated by Dr Naimish Mehta, Senior Liver Transplant Surgeon, Department of Liver Transplantation, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi, while conducting a �Liver Diseases & Transplant Clinic� at Ayursundra Medical Centre, Guwahati last evening.

According to Dr Mehta, �In our series of liver transplants from the North-east, 50 per cent patients had liver disease due to Hepatitis B infection, 25 per cent had Hepatitis C infection, 20 per cent due to lifestyle (alcohol and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease), and 5 per cent were children.�

Dr Mehta further added that although liver transplant in itself is a very complex surgery, emergency liver transplant is much more complex because the reaction time for the family and the doctor is very less.

�In such cases, the liver suddenly fails, causing severe jaundice and bleeding, leading to deep coma. The patient�s life can only be saved by emergency liver transplant which has to be performed at the earliest,� he said.

�Of the total 800 patients of liver transplantation at our hospital, 40 patients were from the North-east. Out of these, nine patients had to undergo emergency liver transplant.

�All of them were airlifted and rushed to our hospital where the governmental clearances were completed in as less as five hours in some cases. Within 24-30 hours of their arrival, their diseased livers were transplanted with new liver. All of them are leading a healthy life. However, thousands more die here due to lack of awareness and timely access to a transplant centre,� Dr Mehta said.

Nearly two lakh people die every year in India from terminal liver disease and cancer of which at least 25,000 could be saved by liver transplants. In the North-east alone, nearly 300 liver transplants are needed every year.

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Liver diseases and transplant clinic

GUWAHATI, Jan 18 � �In our series of liver transplant recipients which is one of the largest in India, we were alarmed to find that about one fourth (25 per cent) of the patients from the North-east had to undergo emergency liver transplants, and in all these Hepatitis B virus infection was the causative factor.�

This was stated by Dr Naimish Mehta, Senior Liver Transplant Surgeon, Department of Liver Transplantation, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi, while conducting a �Liver Diseases & Transplant Clinic� at Ayursundra Medical Centre, Guwahati last evening.

According to Dr Mehta, �In our series of liver transplants from the North-east, 50 per cent patients had liver disease due to Hepatitis B infection, 25 per cent had Hepatitis C infection, 20 per cent due to lifestyle (alcohol and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease), and 5 per cent were children.�

Dr Mehta further added that although liver transplant in itself is a very complex surgery, emergency liver transplant is much more complex because the reaction time for the family and the doctor is very less.

�In such cases, the liver suddenly fails, causing severe jaundice and bleeding, leading to deep coma. The patient�s life can only be saved by emergency liver transplant which has to be performed at the earliest,� he said.

�Of the total 800 patients of liver transplantation at our hospital, 40 patients were from the North-east. Out of these, nine patients had to undergo emergency liver transplant.

�All of them were airlifted and rushed to our hospital where the governmental clearances were completed in as less as five hours in some cases. Within 24-30 hours of their arrival, their diseased livers were transplanted with new liver. All of them are leading a healthy life. However, thousands more die here due to lack of awareness and timely access to a transplant centre,� Dr Mehta said.

Nearly two lakh people die every year in India from terminal liver disease and cancer of which at least 25,000 could be saved by liver transplants. In the North-east alone, nearly 300 liver transplants are needed every year.