BACKGROUND: Chronic liver failure due to HCV-related cirrhosis is the leading indication for liver transplantation in Western countries. Inferior long-term results have been reported for liver transplantation in HCV patients, especially when marginal donor livers are utilized. The aim of this study was to retrospectively analyze the outcome of liver transplantation from elderly donors in HCV versus non-HCV recipients. METHODS: One hundred seventy-nine patients receiving 204 liver transplantations were divided into four groups according to HCV positivity and donor age (> or <65 years). Long-term survivals were calculated by the Kaplan-Meier method. RESULTS: Grafts from donors of >65 years into HCV-positive patients displayed lower patient and graft survival rates than HCV-negative cases, although macrosteatosis was more frequent (55% vs 9%, P =.02) among organs used for non-HCV cases. Moreover, HCV-positive recipients transplanted with a donor aged >65 years had significantly lower patient and graft survival (40% vs 78% [P =.01] and 40% vs 68% [P =.06], respectively) than patients receiving a liver from a younger donor. CONCLUSIONS: Our retrospective analysis, although hampered by a small number of patients transplanted with an old liver, suggest that the results of liver transplantation with a donor graft >65 years of age into an HCV-positive recipient shows a worse outcome than those from younger donors. Older livers should be reserved for non-HCV cases.

Liver transplantation from old donors into HCV and non-HCV recipients

BACCARANI, Umberto;ADANI, Gian Luigi;TONIUTTO, Pierluigi;VIALE, Pierluigi;RISALITI, Andrea;BRESADOLA, Fabrizio
2004-01-01

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BACKGROUND: Chronic liver failure due to HCV-related cirrhosis is the leading indication for liver transplantation in Western countries. Inferior long-term results have been reported for liver transplantation in HCV patients, especially when marginal donor livers are utilized. The aim of this study was to retrospectively analyze the outcome of liver transplantation from elderly donors in HCV versus non-HCV recipients. METHODS: One hundred seventy-nine patients receiving 204 liver transplantations were divided into four groups according to HCV positivity and donor age (> or <65 years). Long-term survivals were calculated by the Kaplan-Meier method. RESULTS: Grafts from donors of >65 years into HCV-positive patients displayed lower patient and graft survival rates than HCV-negative cases, although macrosteatosis was more frequent (55% vs 9%, P =.02) among organs used for non-HCV cases. Moreover, HCV-positive recipients transplanted with a donor aged >65 years had significantly lower patient and graft survival (40% vs 78% [P =.01] and 40% vs 68% [P =.06], respectively) than patients receiving a liver from a younger donor. CONCLUSIONS: Our retrospective analysis, although hampered by a small number of patients transplanted with an old liver, suggest that the results of liver transplantation with a donor graft >65 years of age into an HCV-positive recipient shows a worse outcome than those from younger donors. Older livers should be reserved for non-HCV cases.
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