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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.


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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