Pre-emptive Treatment of HCV after Living Donor Liver Transplantation with Direct-Acting Antiviral Agents

Jinmin Jung, Jae Hyun Kwon, Gi Won Song, Eun Young Tak, Vavara A. Kirchner, Sung Gyu Lee

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Background: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) universally recurs after liver transplantation (LT). Although the introduction of direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) has revolutionized the treatment of HCV infection, no optimal treatment for HCV recurrence after LT has been developed. Methods: This study retrospectively evaluated the efficacy of DAAs as a pre-emptive treatment for recurrent HCV infection after living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). From January 2010 to December 2016, 70 patients received pegylated interferon (PegIFN) and 35 patients were treated with DAA-based regimens to treat recurrent HCV after LDLT. All antiviral treatments were pre-emptive. Results: Genotype 1b was the most common HCV type (61.9%). Twenty-two recipients in the DAA group were treated with ledipasvir/sofosbuvir, nine received daclatasvir plus asunaprevir, three received sofosbuvir, and one received sofosbuvir plus daclatasvir. All 35 patients (100%) in the DAA group achieved a sustained virologic response (SVR), a percentage significantly higher than that (71.4%) in the PegIFN group (p < 0.001). In the PegIFN group, the 1-, 3-, and 5-year graft survival rates were 85.7, 73.9, and 70.7%, respectively, whereas those in the DAA group were 100, 100, and 100%, respectively (p = 0.008). Conclusion: DAA-based regimens are an effective treatment for HCV recurrence after LDLT, resulting in an improved SVR and better graft survival than PegIFN.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1334-1342
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018


  • Antiviral agents
  • Hepatitis C
  • Liver transplantation
  • Living donors

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