Liver transplantation in septuagenarians receiving model for end-stage liver disease exception points for hepatocellular carcinoma: The national experience
Liver Transplantation, 04/27/2012
Schwartz JJ et al. – Although patients who are 70 years old or older compose a small fraction of transplant recipients in the United States, patients in this group undergoing transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) form an even smaller subset. Overall, transplantation in this age group yields outcomes inferior to those for younger cohorts. However, unlike patients who are less than 70 years old and receive Model for End–Stage Liver Disease (MELD) exception points, overall liver transplant survival is not affected by HCC at an advanced age.