Smoking raises reinfection risk in liver transplant recipients

Current or former smokers who received liver transplants face greater risk of reinfection from viral hepatitis than nonsmokers, according to data from 444 transplant recipients. The McGill University study linked smoking history with other complications as well, such as short-term biliary and vascular problems and all-cause, sepsis-related and cardiovascular mortality. Some 34% of liver transplant patients smoke or have a history of doing so. Medical News Today (7/13)