-- Robert Preidt
SATURDAY, Oct. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Hepatitis C patients who
receive a liver from a white donor have significantly more
aggressive recurrent hepatitis than those who receive a liver from
a black donor, researchers have found.
This is especially true for black patients who receive a liver
from a white donor, the study authors noted.
Researchers from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit looked at 165
hepatitis C patients who received a liver transplant at the
hospital between 2000 and 2006. The patients were given a recurrent
hepatitis C virus (HCV) score between 1 and 3.
The average recurrent HCV score for patients for each
donor/recipient race combination was:
"The data suggests a graft from a white donor is potentially one more important variable in identifying patients at risk for more aggressive recurrent hepatitis after transplant and warrants further study," lead author Dr. Matthew Moeller, a gastroenterology fellow, said in a hospital news release.
The study findings were slated to be presented Oct. 29 at the
annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver
Diseases, in Boston.
According to data from the United Network for Organ Sharing
cited in the news release, there are almost 18,000 Americans on the
waiting list for liver transplants.
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