Many liver transplant recipients are now reaching survival beyond 5 years from the liver transplant procedure, and many others are alive more than a decade from acquiring their new liver. Orthotopic liver transplant recipients enjoy the benefits of normal liver function, but a variety of metabolic and other medical problems often develop that require diagnosis and adequate management. These problems include hyperlipidemia, obesity, diabetes mellitus, renal disfunction, arterial hypertension, bone disease and neuropsychiatric syndromes. The gastroenterologist, internist, or local family physician is frequently called on to identify and treat these postoperative complications in conjunction with physicians at the transplant center.
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