09:06am Thursday 19 October 2017

Researchers devise index for predicting long-term survival after liver re-transplantation

UCLA researchers, basing their work on 26 years worth of patient data from UCLA, sought to develop a scoring system for risk stratification of patients in need of a liver re-transplant, in the hopes of improving patient selection for scarce livers. They identified eight risk factors for potential re-transplantation failure and, using mathematical modeling, developed a risk scoring system ranging from 0 to 12 to gauge the risk of re-transplantation failure.
                                               
IMPACT:
The predictive index can help guide physicians in determining the potential risk to patients of liver re-transplantation and can provide patients with risk/benefit information during the informed consent process.
 
AUTHORS:
Study authors are Johnny C. Hong, Fady M. Kaldas, Prawat Kositamongkol, Henrik Petrowsky, Douglas G. Farmer, Daniela Markovic, Jonathan R. Hiatt and Ronald W. Busuttil, all of UCLA.
 
JOURNAL: 
The research is published in the September issue of the journal Annals of Surgery.
Contact: Enrique Rivero

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