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A MELD (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease) calculator is a tool that helps to estimate the severity of liver disease and predict the likelihood of death in patients with liver failure. The MELD score is used to prioritize the allocation of liver transplants and to guide the management of patients with end-stage liver disease. The MELD calculator is based on a formula that takes into account three laboratory values:
• Serum creatinine: A measure of kidney function
• Bilirubin: A measure of liver function
• International normalized ratio (INR): A measure of blood clotting
The resulting MELD score is a numeric value that ranges from 6 to 40, with higher scores indicating a greater severity of liver disease and a higher risk of death. It's important to note that the MELD calculator is only one tool that is used to assess the severity of liver disease and guide treatment decisions. Other factors, such as the presence of other medical conditions and the overall health of the patient, should also be considered when managing patients with end-stage liver disease.
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