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Liver transplantation in patients aged 65 and over: a case-control study.
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PMID:  20236130     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
INTRODUCTION: The average age of patients undergoing liver transplantation (LT) is consistently increasing. The aim of this case-control study is to evaluate survival and outcome of patients ≥65 yr compared to younger patients undergoing LT.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: From 10/00 to 4/08 we performed 330 primary LT, 31 (9.4%) of these were in patients aged 65-70. Following a case-control approach, we compared these patients with 31 patients aged between 41 and 64 yr and matched according to sex, LT indication, viral status, cadaveric/living donor, LT timing, and Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score.
RESULTS: There were no statistically significant differences in demographic and surgical donor characteristics. The mean MELD score was under 18 in both groups. Post-LT complications occurred with a similar incidence in the two groups. one-, three-, and five-yr survival was 83.9%, 80.6%, and 80.6%, respectively, for the elderly group, and 80.6%, 73.8%, and 73.8%, respectively, for the young group (p = 0.61).
DISCUSSION: Patients aged between 65 and 70 with low MELD score who undergo LT have the same short- and middle-term survival expectancy, morbidity, and outcome quality as younger patients with the same indication and same pre-LT pathology severity, whatever they might be. Thus, chronological age alone should not deter LT workup in patients >65 and <70.
R Montalti; G Rompianesi; F Di Benedetto; R Ballarin; R C Gerring; S Busani; L De Pietri; N De Ruvo; R M Iemmolo; G P Guerrini; N Smerieri; G E Gerunda
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical transplantation     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1399-0012     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Transplant     Publication Date:    2010 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8710240     Medline TA:  Clin Transplant     Country:  Denmark    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  E188-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2010 John Wiley & Sons A/S.
Liver and Multivisceral Transplant Centre, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy.
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