Need for liver transplants rises as patients with HCV age

People born from 1941 to 1960 made up 81% of all new liver transplant registrants who have hepatitis C, University of Colorado researchers reported. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of new liver transplant candidates with hepatitis C and liver cancer increased fourfold in those born from 1941 to 1960, the study said. “Over the coming decade, the aging of those infected with [hepatitis C virus] will challenge the transplant community to reconsider current treatment plans given the projected increase in liver transplantation demand, particularly from patients with [hepatitis C virus] and liver cancer,” said lead author Dr. Scott Biggins. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/19)