Elderly recipients of hepatitis c positive renal allografts can quickly develop liver disease

Tanya R. Flohr, Hugo Bonatti, Tjasa Hranjec, Doug S. Keith, Peter I. Lobo, Sean C. Kumer, Timothy M. Schmitt, Robert G. Sawyer, Timothy L. Pruett, John P. Roberts, Kenneth L. Brayman

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Our institution explored using allografts from donors with Hepatitis C virus (HCV) for elderly renal transplantation (RT). Thirteen HCV- elderly recipients were transplanted with HCV+ allografts (eD+/R-) between January 2003 and April 2009. Ninety HCV- elderly recipients of HCV- allografts (eD-/R-), eight HCV+ recipients of HCV+ allografts (D+/R+) and thirteen HCV+ recipients of HCV- allografts (D-/R+) were also transplanted. Median follow-up was 1.5 (range 0.8-5) years. Seven eD+/R- developed a positive HCV viral load and six had elevated liver transaminases with evidence of hepatitis on biopsy. Overall, eD+/R- survival was 46% while the eD-/R- survival was 85% (P = 0.003). Seven eD+/R- died during follow-up. Causes included multi-organ failure and sepsis (n = 4), cancer (n = 1), failure-to-thrive (n = 1) and surgical complications (n = 1). One eD+/R- died from causes directly related to HCV infection. In conclusion, multiple eD+/R- quickly developed HCV-related liver disease and infections were a frequent cause of morbidity and mortality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)629-638
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Surgical Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2012

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This work was supported in part by Health Resources and Services Administration contract 234-2005-370011C. The content is the responsibility the authors alone and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


  • HCV
  • elderly
  • end-stage renal disease
  • hepatitis C
  • infectious diseases
  • kidney transplant


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