Title

Effect of mandatory 6-month waiting period on waitlist and transplant outcomes in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-10-2020

Publication Title

Hepatology (Baltimore, Md.)

Abstract

OPTN/UNOS policy mandates a 6-month waiting period before exception scores are granted to liver transplant candidates with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This study aims to evaluate waitlist and post-transplant outcomes, in HCC patients, before and after implementation of the 6-month waiting rule. We examined two groups from the UNOS registry; Group 1 (pre 6-month rule) comprised patients registered as transplant candidates with HCC from Jan. 1, 2013 to Oct. 7, 2015 (n=4,814). Group 2 (post 6-month rule) comprised patients registered from Oct. 8, 2015 to Jun. 30, 2018 (n=3,287). As expected, the transplant probability was higher in the first six months after listing in Group 1 than Group 2 at 42.0% vs 6.3% (P

PubMed ID

32157711

ePublication

ePub ahead of print

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