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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 1996  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 178-181
Story of the First Liver Transplant in Saudi Arabia

Department of Surgery, Riyadh Armed Forces Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Muaffak Jawdat
Department of Surgery, Riyadh Armed Forces Hospital, P.O. Box 7897, Riyadh 11159
Saudi Arabia
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Chronic liver disease is common in Saudi Arabia with viral hepatitis and schistosomiasis being the common causes. I herewith describe the experience on the first liver transplantation in Saudi Arabia and the Arab World. The patient was a 23-year old Saudi male who had cirrhosis of the liver secondary to sclerosing cholangitis. He underwent orthotopic liver transplantation on July 30, 1990. The post-operative course was uneventful and immunosuppression comprised of small doses of cyclosporine, azathioprine and prednisolone. The patient continues to be well six years post-transplant and is adequately rehabilitated.

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