Kidney Transplant Improves Survival in Patients with HCV

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Hepatitis C virus (HCV)-positive patients with kidney failure may have difficulty accessing kidney transplantation—but when they do, they rapidly achieve a significant survival benefit, reports a study in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

The retrospective cohort study included more than 442,000 adult dialysis patients, identified from clinical data provided by a large national dialysis provider. Of these patients, 7.2% were reported as HCV-seropositive. The HCV-seropositive group were younger (median age 56 versus 64), more likely to be men (66% versus 54%), and more likely to be African American (54% versus 29%).

After linkage to Organ Procurement and