More than 16,000 Americans with liver diseases are waiting for a
transplant, but only 6,000 will receive one this year, according to the
American Liver Foundation.
Donna Cryer, J.D., understands the importance of Liver Awareness Month
(October). After a decade of ulcerative colitis ravaging her liver,
Cryer underwent a liver transplant when she was just 23. Now in her 19th
year post-liver transplant, she is the American Liver Foundation’s
president and CEO. We asked her to dispel some myths about this vital
The liver just deals with waste production: “It screens
out toxins, yes, but from enzyme reactions for digestion to cholesterol
synthesis, it’s a way station for so many important functions.”
NEW ORLEANS — Hepatitis B is a global disease, and treatment remains
elusive, particularly in the pediatric population, according to a
presenter here at the 2012 AAP National Conference and Exhibition.
Judith A. O’Connor, MD, who is a
pediatric gastroenterologist at the University of Oklahoma Health
Sciences Center, said although treatment of HBV can be tricky in younger
patients, it is crucial because this illness has a profound effect on
O’Connor said all of the treatment options for HBV have limitations.
Interferon’s assets include that these medications only require a
limited time frame for treatment, and they have the best antibody
responses, but, on the downside, they can be painful, they require
three-times-a-week dosing, and this is an expensive treatment, although
it is only for 1 year.