Liver transplant is a treatment option for people who have end-stage liver failure that can't be controlled using other treatments and for some people with liver cancer. Liver failure can occur rapidly, in a matter of weeks (acute liver failure), or it can occur slowly over months and years (chronic liver failure).

Liver failure has many causes, including:

  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Biliary duct atresia
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Early-stage liver cancer
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Wilson's disease
Dec. 10, 2010