During the evaluation phase, several tests will be performed. These tests include a blood test to determine your blood type and how well your organs are working, a urine test to determine how well your kidneys are functioning, and various other tests that will help determine how damaged your liver is and if there are any other physical problems with organs like your heart, kidneys, or lungs.
The following tests and procedures will also be done as part of the overall evaluation:
- Chest X-ray
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Echocardiogram (Echo)
- CT scan
- MRI/MRA scan
- HIV test
- Pulmonary Function Tests
- Stress Tests
- Upper and lower gastrointestinal scopes – EGD and colonoscopy
These tests are all necessary for the transplant team to decide whether liver transplantation is right for you.
In addition to the necessary tests and procedures, you will also meet with different members of the transplant team for consultations or evaluations, if necessary.
- Transplant surgeon
- Transplant nephrologist (for some liver patients)
- Transplant hepatologist
- Transplant social service evaluation (social worker)
- Psychosocial evaluation
- Dietary consultation
- Transplant coordinator
- Dental exam and clearance
- Other specialist consultations, depending on your medical condition
Once your medical and consultant evaluations are completed, your transplant coordinator will present the findings to the transplant selection committee, who will either accept you as a transplant candidate or decide that you are not a transplant candidate. You and your physician will be informed of the reasons if you are not accepted for an organ transplant.