Transplant News stories from January, 2016

Transplant centers often reject potential donor livers for sickest patients in need

By Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

As patients in desperate need of a liver transplant lay waiting, many livers that might give them a new life go unused by centers across the nation, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The new findings are published in the Journal of Hematology.

The authors analyzed the data to determine factors associated with the likelihood a center would accept an organ offer, and found that the size of the center did not predict whether an organ would be accepted. But to their surprise, the analysis showed that in geographic areas with more transplant centers, centers were more likely to say “no” to organ offers for their sickest patients.

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