Patients with chronic liver disease are not actively listed for transplant unless they are judged to have less than six months life expectancy. Predicting life expectancy is dependent upon the form of liver disease. Biliary atresia, for example, has a very predictable progression. Patients who do not have successful biliary drainage following the Kasai procedure invariably reach endstage liver disease with hepatic insufficiency by two years of age. It is best to proceed with transplantation
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