Most Australian liver transplants are avoidable

NEARLY 65% of adult primary liver transplants conducted in Australia and New Zealand are for potentially preventable diseases, Melbourne researchers report.

Doctors can significantly reduce the burden by implementing effective primary and secondary prevention strategies, they say in an evaluation of the relative contribution of potentially preventable liver diseases to liver transplant numbers.

They include hepatitis C, hepatitis B, alcohol-related liver disease and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) among preventable diseases.

Overall, 1252 of 3266 adult