n South African Gastroenterology Review - The state of liver at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital : 2009

Volume 7, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1812-1659



With the development and recognition of the Hepatobiliary Unit at CH Baragwanath Hospital, more and more medical liver disease was being referred from a wide referral base extending all the way to Mafikeng. This presented an opportunity to re-establish a dedicated Liver clinic. Hence a combined surgical-medical liver clinic was started in June 2009 at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. To date although unadvertised there are 30 patients being seen in the clinic. By definition these patients are suffering from liver disease which at some point would necessitate a liver transplant. Of the 30 patients 2 both under the age of 20 died from complications of liver failure (one a couple of weeks before she was to be assessed in Cape Town), and 1 has been listed and is awaiting transplantation in Cape Town; as the Wits Transplant Unit has yet to gain government support for public transplantation ( It is hoped that this situation may have changed by the time this goes to press). The remainder either does not require transplantation currently or do not have the "geosocioeconomic" potential to be considered for transplantation in Cape Town.

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