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World J Gastroenterol. Oct 21, 2015; 21(39): 11027-11033
Published online Oct 21, 2015. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v21.i39.11027
Candidates for liver transplantation with alcoholic liver disease: Psychosocial aspects
Diogo Telles-Correia, Inês Mega
Diogo Telles-Correia, Deparment of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, 1649-028 Lisbon, Portugal
Diogo Telles-Correia, Inês Mega, Curry Cabral Liver Transplantation Center, 1649-028 Lisbon, Portugal
Author contributions: All authors equally contributed to this paper.
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Correspondence to: Diogo Telles-Correia, MD, PhD, Professor, Deparment of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, Av. Prof. Egas Moniz, 1649-028 Lisbon, Portugal.
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Received: April 1, 2015
Peer-review started: April 2, 2015
First decision: June 2, 2015
Revised: June 23, 2015
Accepted: August 30, 2015
Article in press: August 30, 2015
Published online: October 21, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Currently, alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is one of the most common indications for liver transplant, and post-transplantation survival and other predictors of clinical course in ALD patients do not differ significantly from other types of transplanted patients, as long as there is no relapse of drinking. It is crucial to design specific selection and follow-up strategies aimed at this particular type of patient. In this article, we discuss several factors that are important to consider in the selection and follow-up of liver transplanted ALD patients.