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Decreased urgency among liver transplant candidates with hepatocellular carcinoma in the United States. Liver transplantation : official publication of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society Kwong, A. J., Ghaziani, T. T., Mehta, N. 2021


Early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has been an accepted indication for liver transplantation now for over 20 years. Allocation policy in the United States (US) has been continually refined to maintain equity and optimize the utility of transplant for HCC, yet all patients qualifying for HCC exception still receive the same number of points. This group is quite heterogeneous, with varying risk of waitlist dropout dependent on tumor characteristics including number and size of lesions and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) level, as well as baseline liver function. In addition, changing demographics of liver disease, including the rising incidence of NASH, effective antiviral therapy for hepatitis C virus, and earlier detection of HCC due to improved screening programs and awareness, may influence the overall survival benefit to liver transplantation.

View details for DOI 10.1002/lt.26373

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