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Evaluation and Waiting List

  • Once you are scheduled for an evaluation for liver transplantation at Einstein, you will meet the transplant team and learn about the entire medical process. Please bring any test results and copies of your CAT, MRI, ultrasound, endoscopy and colonoscopy scans with you.

    Some tests that may be performed to determine your health status include:

    • Blood work
    • Lung X-ray
    • Abdominal ultrasound
    • CT scan, pulmonary function tests
    • Cardiac evaluation
    • Liver biopsy

    If you have existing medical conditions, additional tests may be scheduled.

    The Waiting List

    Once you are approved for transplantation, you are immediately put on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waiting list. The waiting time for a liver can vary depending on your condition.

    You will be given a number, known as your MELD score, that rates the severity of your liver disease. The MELD score is based on your most recent laboratory test and is used to determine where you are placed on the waiting list.

    All patients on the waiting list are treated equally and evaluated objectively.

    For more information visit:

    United Network for Organ Sharing
    Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients
    MELD/PELD Calculator

    Be your own best advocate. Talk to your healthcare team and ensure this important step is taken if transplantation is recommended by your doctor.

    Did you know you can list with multiple transplant centers?

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