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Author Topic: Hearts Transplanted From Donors With Hep C Fare Well  (Read 7250 times)

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Hearts Transplanted From Donors With Hep C Fare Well
« on: April 02, 2020, 12:02:40 pm »
People on the waiting list for a heart transplant may do well to accept an organ from a donor who had hepatitis C virus (HCV). A recent study found that outcomes one year after transplantation were similar between those receiving hearts from donors with or without HCV.

Kelly Schlendorf, MD, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, and colleagues conducted a prospective, single-center observational study of 80 adults who received a heart transplant at Vanderbilt from donors who tested positive for HCV antibodies. The study ran from September 2016 to April 2019.

Seventy of the donors were chronically infected with HCV, meaning they tested positive for viral RNA, while the other 10 tested negative, which likely means they had previously cleared the virus.



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