Study Identifies Factors to Predict Survival After Liver Transplant.
A new model based on specific characteristics of liver donors and recipients may help predict survival after liver transplantation Liver Transplantation Definition
Liver transplantation is a surgery that removes a diseased liver and replace it with a healthy donor liver.
The liver is the body's principle chemical factory. , according to a new study by physicians with the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle. Results are published in the November issue of Liver Transplantation.
"This model could be used to inform liver transplant liver transplant Hepatic transplant Transplant surgery A procedure that replaces a cancer conquered, metabolically defeated, or substance subjugated liver with one no longer required by its owner, many of whom donate same after an MVA Diseases requiring transplant candidates and their doctors what post-transplant survival would be expected when a given donor is offered and may be particularly helpful in marginal or high-risk donors," said George Ioannou, M.D., M.S., in a journal press release. Ioannou found that the donor age, cold ischemia time, recipient MELD score, and cause of liver disease Liver Disease Definition
Liver disease is a general term for any damage that reduces the functioning of the liver.
The liver is a large, solid organ located in the upper right-hand side of the abdomen. have the greatest impact on survival.
However, the best model for patients without hepatitis C Hepatitis C Definition
Hepatitis C is a form of liver inflammation that causes primarily a long-lasting (chronic) disease. Acute (newly developed) hepatitis C is rarely observed as the early disease is generally quite mild. included donor age, cold ischemia time, gender, race/ethnicity, recipient age, BMI BMI body mass index.
body mass index
Body mass index (BMI)
A measurement that has replaced weight as the preferred determinant of obesity. , MELD score, status at time of transplantation, diabetes mellitus, cause of liver disease, and serum albumin. For patients with hepatitis C, the best model included the same donor characteristics, and all recipient characteristics except cause of liver disease and serum albumin.
Link: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/11/061102110304.htm (11/29/06)