ASTS NewsBrief
Apr. 21, 2014

Study: Hepatitis C disease severity in living versus deceased donor liver transplant recipients
Donor factors influence hepatitis C virus disease severity in liver transplant recipients. Living donors, because they are typically young and have short cold ischemic times, may be advantageous for HCV-infected patients. Among HCV-infected patients in the Adult-to-Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation Cohort Study surviving more than 90 days and followed for a median 4.7 years, advanced fibrosis and graft loss were determined. More

ASTS Officer and Councilor Voting Open
All eligible ASTS voting members were sent a link to vote via a secure online system on April 1 and April 10. Nearly 30 percent of all eligible members have cast their votes! Don't miss your chance to be a part of this important democratic process. If you are eligible to vote and did not receive the email, please contact Election results will be formally announced at the annual ASTS business meeting at WTC in July. More

RAPID Software Available Free to ASTS Members
RAPID (Real-time Analysis and Process Improvement Dashboard) is open source software that provides outcomes and quality dashboards to monitor your center's SRTR Program Specific Reports (PSR) performance. Originally developed at Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Transplant Center, it is being distributed through ASTS at no charge to its members. More

Looking for your next career move or a new hire?
Look no further than the ASTS Career Center at The Center enables employers to post, manage, and update their job listings and company profile anytime day or night, with online payment for faster service. It also allows job seekers to apply for posted jobs or upload their resumes for employers to view.More

Survival of recipients of livers from donation after circulatory death who are relisted and undergo retransplant for graft failure
American Journal of Transplantation
Use of grafts from donation after circulatory death (DCD) as a strategy to increase the pool of transplantable livers has been limited due to poorer recipient outcomes compared with donation after brain death (DBD). Researchers examined outcomes of recipients of failed DCD grafts who were selected for relisting with regard to waitlist mortality and patient and graft survival after retransplant.More

Public attitudes and beliefs about living kidney donation
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With the rising prevalence of end-stage kidney disease worldwide, the proportion of the general community who might subsequently be called upon to consider living related kidney donation is also increasing. Knowledge about the attitudes and beliefs among the general public about living kidney donation is limited. Researchers aimed to describe public perspectives on living kidney donation.More

Severe muscle depletion predicts postoperative length of stay but is not associated with survival after liver transplantation
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Muscle depletion or sarcopenia is associated with increased mortality in patients with cirrhosis; how it affects mortality after liver transplantation requires further study. In this study, authors aimed to establish whether sarcopenia predicts increased morbidity or mortality after liver transplantation. More

Hypernatremia linked to post-liver transplant mortality
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
Pre-liver transplant (LTx) hyponatremia does not affect post-LTx survival, but hypernatremia is a significant risk factor for post-LTx mortality, according to a study published online Feb. 25, in Liver Transplantation. Michael D. Leise, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues investigated the impact of pre-LTx serum sodium on post-LTx outcomes. More

Assessing the efficacy of kidney paired donation-performance of an integrated 3-site program
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Kidney paired donation (KPD) has emerged as a viable option for renal transplant candidates with incompatible living donors. The aim of this study was to assess the "performance" of a three—site KPD program that allowed screening of multiple donors per recipient.More