About Liver Disease

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there are over 300,000 hospitalizations and 30,000 deaths in the U.S due to chronic liver diseases each year. The incidence of chronic liver failure is expected to increase in the next ten years as a result of an estimated 4,000,000 people in the U.S. having being infected with the hepatitis C virus.

Currently, the only cure for many of these liver diseases is a liver transplant. However, only about 5,500 transplantable donor livers become available each year in the U.S. and the total cost of transplantation and first year follow-up averages over $260,000. There are approximately 18,500 patients on the liver transplant waiting list. There are an additional 100,000 adults in the U.S. with severe chronic liver disease who could become candidates for a transplant.