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The incidence of liver disease in the United States continues to rise with new diagnoses of hepatitis C, non-alcoholic liver disease (NAFLD), and hepatocellular carcinoma contributing most. Recent estimates suggest that 633,000 Americans have cirrhotic livers. The National Center for Health Statistics[1] reported 38,170 Americans died from liver disease in 2014. All of this led to 6,768 patients undergoing liver transplantation at 134 centers in the United States in 2015, of which 360 were re-transplants. Living donors provided 359 of these patients portions of their livers, a significant increase from 2014. Liver transplantation accounted for 21.8% of the solid organ transplants performed in the United States in 2015, and as of November 11, 2016, there were 14,967 patients awaiting liver transplantation.


1 Deaths: Final Data for 2014, tables 10.11, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.