A new study on liver transplants necessitated by the hepatitis C virus (the most common indication for this type of transplant) found that long-term outcomes are similar to patients receiving transplants due to other diseases. It was the first study to examine long-term transplantation results in hepatitis C patients and to identify risk factors that might lead to transplant failure or death.
The results of this study appear in the September 2004 issue of Liver Transplantation, the official journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS). The journal is published on behalf of the societies by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and is available online via Wiley InterScience at http://www.interscience.wiley.com/journal/livertransplantation.
Unlike other liver diseases, hepatitis C infection commonly recurs in transplant patients. Although previous studies had shown that short-term transplantation survival rates for hepatitis C patients were similar to patients undergoing transplants for other indications, a recent analysis of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) database suggested that five-year transplant outcomes may be poorer for hepatitis C patients. The current study utilized the Liver Transplantation Database, which was established in 1990 by the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to collect data on patients being evaluated for liver transplants.
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