Title

Alcohol and Substance Use in Liver Transplant Patients

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

11-1-2011

Journal

Clinics in Liver Disease

Volume

15

Issue

4

DOI

10.1016/j.cld.2011.08.002

Keywords

Alcohol use; Liver transplant patients; Substance use

Abstract

In this article the epidemiology of substance use and substance disorders in the United States and their association with liver disease are reviewed. The relevance of tobacco use and issues of candidacy as it pertains to substance use are discussed. The use of alcohol while on the waitlist and short sobriety are also addressed. The merits of monitoring of patients are discussed, and the outcomes of these patients after liver transplantation are examined. The article concludes with a summary of recommendations for clinicians working with these patients and possible future directions for both clinical care and research. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.

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