Long-term management of the liver transplant patient: recommendations for the primary care doctor

Am J Transplant. 2009 Sep;9(9):1988-2003. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-6143.2009.02733.x. Epub 2009 Jun 26.


No official document has been published for primary care physicians regarding the management of liver transplant patients. With no official source of reference, primary care physicians often question their care of these patients. The following guidelines have been approved by the American Society of Transplantation and represent the position of the association. The data presented are based on formal review and analysis of published literature in the field and the clinical experience of the authors. These guidelines address drug interactions and side effects of immunosuppressive agents, allograft dysfunction, renal dysfunction, metabolic disorders, preventive medicine, malignancies, disability and productivity in the workforce, issues specific to pregnancy and sexual function, and pediatric patient concerns. These guidelines are intended to provide a bridge between transplant centers and primary care physicians in the long-term management of the liver transplant patient.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Graft Rejection
  • Humans
  • Immunosuppression Therapy
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Kidney Diseases / pathology
  • Kidney Diseases / therapy
  • Liver Diseases / pathology
  • Liver Diseases / therapy
  • Liver Transplantation / methods*
  • Postoperative Care*
  • Primary Health Care / methods*
  • Primary Health Care / standards*
  • Recurrence
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Immunosuppressive Agents