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Date:11/25/2008

disease, and the fact that women have less muscle mass, likely affecting some of the MELD calculations.

"Organ allocation in general is evolving all the time," Freeman said. "You learn how to do it better and build on your experiences to figure out what's wrong and what's right about it."

More evidence is emerging that adding a serum sodium test to the MELD calculation might right the gender imbalance.

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Visit the United Network for Organ Sharing for more on organ donations and transplantation.



SOURCES: Cynthia A. Moylan, M.D., transplant hepatology fellow, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.; Robert Freeman, M.D., professor of surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston; Nov. 26, 2008, Journal of the American Medical Association


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