Policies regarding the transplantation of hepatitis C-positive candidates and donor organs

K. D. Lake, C. I. Smith, S. K.M. Laforest, J. Allen, M. R. Pritzker, R. W. Emery

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Abstract

Whether hepatitis C virus (HCV)-positive candidates or donor organs should undergo transplantation remains controversial. Seventy-two thoracic transplantation centers responded to a survey soliciting specific information about policies regarding the listing of HCV-positive candidates and the use of HCV-positive donor organs. Most centers (64%) list HCV-positive candidates for heart transplantation. Twenty-six percent of centers refuse to use HCV- positive organs, whereas the remainder restrict the use of HCV-positive organs to status 1 recipients or HCV-positive candidates: More information is needed regarding the clinical outcomes of HCV-positive candidates and recipients of HCV-positive organs before clear-cut candidate selection and organ allocation policies can be established.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)917-921
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Volume16
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1997

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