The number of people suffering from liver diseases is increasing in the country, with studies revealing over 50 million cases, Mahesh Gopasetty, paediatric liver transplant surgeon of Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, has said.

Interacting with the media on ‘chronic liver diseases in children and recent advancements in liver transplantation” at Press Club, here, on Thursday, Dr. Gopasetty said people must be made more aware of liver health and treatment options for cirrhosis or end-stage liver disease where transplantation was required.

“Presently, living donor liver transplant is a safe method with high success rate for both the donor and the recipient,” he said.

Treatment options such as minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgical treatment of liver, biliary and pancreatic tumours were available now, Dr. Gopasetty said.

The Centre for Liver Disease and Transplantation at Apollo Hospitals had already conducted more than 100 liver transplantations with 90 per cent success rate since its inception in 2008, Dr. Gopasetty added.

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