April 7, 2016 – Hep C and Transplants

April 1, 2016


Anchor lead:  People who have hepatitis C can be organ donors, Elizabeth Tracey reports

If you need a kidney transplant you can now obtain an organ from someone infected with hepatitis C, the viral illness that infects the liver, often resulting in the need for a liver transplant.  Dorry Segev, a transplant surgeon at Johns Hopkins, explains why.

Segev: Now this may seem completely outlandish in exchange for taking them off of dialysis.  Well it turns out that today the treatment of hepatitis C is so good we can pretty much guarantee that we can eliminate that hepatitis C from the recipient. We can get them transplanted, we can treat the hepatitis C and in all likelihood they will never even know that they were exposed to hepatitis C yet now they’re off dialysis.   :30

Segev says the need for kidneys for transplant is so acute that wasting even a single organ is unconscionable.  He hopes this change in organ availability will result in several hundred more kidneys becoming available for transplant each year.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.

Previous post:

Next post: