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Transpl Int. 2014 Jun;27(6):606-16. doi: 10.1111/tri.12303. Epub 2014 Mar 31.

Excessive immunosuppression as a potential cause of poor survival in simultaneous liver/kidney transplantation for hepatitis C.

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  • 1Miami Transplant Institute, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida, USA; DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida, USA; Department of Surgery, Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.


Appropriate recipient selection of simultaneous liver/kidney transplantation (SLKT) remains controversial. In particular, data on liver graft survival in hepatitis C virus-infected (HCV+) SLKT recipients are lacking. We conducted a single-center, retrospective study of HCV+ SLKT recipients (N = 25) in comparison with HCV- SLKT (N = 26) and HCV+ liver transplantation alone (LTA, N = 296). Despite backgrounds of HCV+ and HCV- SLKT being similar, HCV+ SLKT demonstrated significantly impaired 5-year liver graft survival of 35% (HCV- SLKT, 79%, P = 0.004). Compared with HCV+ LTA, induction immunosuppression was more frequently used in HCV+ SLKT. Five-year liver graft survival rate for HCV+ SLKT was significantly lower than that for LTA (35% vs. 74%, respectively, P < 0.001). Adjusted hazard ratio of liver graft loss in HCV+ SLKT was 4.9 (95% confidence interval 2.0-12.1, P = 0.001). HCV+ SLKT recipients were more likely to succumb to recurrent HCV and sepsis compared with LTA (32% vs. 8.8%, P < 0.001 and 24% vs. 8.8%, P = 0.030, respectively). Ten HCV+ SLKT recipients underwent anti-HCV therapy for recurrent HCV; only 1 achieved sustained virological response. HCV+ SLKT is associated with significantly decreased long-term prognosis compared with HCV- SLKT and HCV+ LTA.

© 2014 Steunstichting ESOT.


antiviral treatment; graft survival; hepatitis C; induction immunosuppression; patient survival; simultaneous liver/kidney transplantation

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