Outcomes of Living and Deceased Donor Liver Transplant Recipients With Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Results of the A2ALL Cohort

Department of Medicine and Surgery, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL Department of Surgery, Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Department of Medicine and Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY Department of Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Department of Medicine, University of Colorado, Denver, Aurora, CO National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, MD Department of Surgery, University of California, Los Angeles, CA Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC Department of Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
American Journal of Transplantation (Impact Factor: 5.68). 09/2012; 12(11). DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-6143.2012.04272.x
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Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) represents an increasing fraction of liver transplant indications; the role of living donor liver transplant (LDLT) remains unclear. In the Adult-to-Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation Cohort Study, patients with HCC and an LDLT or deceased donor liver transplant (DDLT) for which at least one potential living donor had been evaluated were compared for recurrence and posttransplant mortality rates. Mortality from date of evaluation of each recipient's first potential living donor was also analyzed. Unadjusted 5-year HCC recurrence was significantly higher after LDLT (38%) than DDLT (11%), (p = 0.0004). After adjustment for tumor characteristics, HCC recurrence remained significantly different between LDLT and DDLT recipients (hazard ratio (HR) = 2.35; p = 0.04) for the overall cohort but not for recipients transplanted following the introduction of MELD prioritization. Five-year posttransplant survival was similar in LDLT and DDLT recipients from time of transplant (HR = 1.32; p = 0.27) and from date of LDLT evaluation (HR = 0.73; p = 0.36). We conclude that the higher recurrence observed after LDLT is likely due to differences in tumor characteristics, pretransplant HCC management and waiting time.

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