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Liver Transpl. 2002 Oct;8(10 Suppl 1):S38-43.

Retransplantation for recurrent hepatitis C.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Division of Liver and Pancreas Transplantation, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA. rghobria@mednet.ucla.edu


1. Primary orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) for hepatitis C is performed with good results. 2. Re-OLT in hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected transplant recipients is performed mostly for indications other than recurrent disease in the short-term after primary OLT. 3. Progressive allograft injury and loss caused by recurrent disease predict an increased need for re-OLT for HCV recurrence in the long term. 4. Outcomes of re-OLT for recurrent hepatitis C are equivalent to results for other indications of re-OLT. 5. Good outcomes are obtained in selected patients when re-OLT is performed early in the course of recurrent disease before transplant recipients become critically ill.

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