Navigation Links
No racial differences seen in outcomes after liver transplantation

Minority patients do not necessarily have worse outcomes after liver transplantation. When treated at the same medical centers as Caucasians, they fare just as well. These are the results of a new study in the November issue of Hepatology, a journal published by John Wiley & Sons on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). The article is also available online at Wiley Interscience (

While some studies have shown that minority patients who undergo liver transplantation have outcomes similar to those of Caucasian patients, many others have revealed discrepancies based on race. A recent nationwide study of all transplant patients found that African American and Asian race were independent risk factors for poorer outcomes, however, that study did not consider the hospital or region where the transplantation was performed.

To address the possibility that discrepancies in outcomes could be explained by access (or lack of it) to the best transplant centers, researchers, led by W. Ray Kim of the Mayo Clinic, considered racial differences in survival after liver transplantation using only data from selected high volume academic liver transplant centers.

They examined data from two NIH sponsored multi-center liver transplant databases: the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease Liver Transplantation Database, and the MELD Study Group Database. The study population included 2823 adult patients who underwent liver transplantation at the Mayo Clinic, the University of California San Francisco, the University of Nebraska, and Baylor University. Of the patients, 2448 were Caucasian, 135 were African America, and 240 were of another race, including Asian and Hispanic. The researchers analyzed the data, considering demographic, clinical and laboratory factors.

Although there were noticeable differences in baseline characteristics, such as age, gender, and diagnosis among the three groups, we found no relationship between recipient race and survival, the authors report. African American patients did just as well as recipients of other races. The observation held up in multivariable analyses and, is in direct contradiction to a report based on UNOS data, they report.

The difference might be explained by the fact that the study data was from patients at select, high-volume, academic medical centers, which may be expected to provide better outcomes than the national average, the authors suggest. Previous studies have shown that center volume has a significant impact on recipient survival.

We postulate that the difference between our data and others stems from unequal access to high-quality liver transplant centers between races, they conclude. Focused investigations to understand and eliminate barriers along the socioeconomic as well as racial boundaries are warranted.


Contact: Amy Molnar
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Related medicine news :

1. Death Wishes Influenced By Ethnicity and Racial Background
2. Racial Identity Dictates What We See Or Rather Whom We See
3. Racial disparities in cancer patients in U.S.
4. Racial differences show difference in blood sugar control too!!
5. Medicare Marked by Widespread Racial disparities
6. Racial Gap in Floridas Infant Mortality Rates Increasing
7. Risk of Birth Complications Varies Between Racial Groups
8. More Evidence of Racial Discrimination in the NHS
9. Social Factors Not Genetics Drive Racial Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Survival
10. Racial Discrimination Takes The Nobility Out Of Doctoring
11. Genetic differences found between Male and Female brains
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... A simply groundbreaking television series, "Voices in America", ... delves into an array of issues that are presently affecting Americans. Dedicated to providing ... this show is changing the subjects consumers focus on, one episode at a time. ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) awarded accreditation to its Diagnostic ... list of CAAHEP accredited colleges, as only one of twelve colleges and universities in ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Avid collector, Andrew Hawley ... Michigan boxing style concert posters. This is one of Joplin's most famous and beautiful ... at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The According to Hawley, "It is ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... NV (PRWEB) , ... November 26, 2015 , ... Inevitably ... strategy. Many customers choose to buy during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday ... Shoppers don’t need to search the Internet high and low to find the best ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... workshops to discuss bioavailability and the need to integrate dose form selection in ... collaboration with OBN, the membership organization supporting and bringing together the UK’s emerging ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/27/2015)... , Niederlande, November 27, 2015 ... Bremachlorin-Therapie bei fortgeschrittenem Krebs.   --> ... bei fortgeschrittenem Krebs.   --> ... bei fortgeschrittenem Krebs.   Clinical Cancer ... --> Clinical Cancer Research vom 6. ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... Research and Markets ( ) has ... Market 2015-2019" report to their offering. ... report, the author the present scenario and growth prospects ... calculate the market size, the report considers revenue generated ... IUDs and copper IUDs. The report forecasts the global ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... PUNE, India , November ... --> ... / personal emergency response system ... grow steadily for 5 years ... growing region expected to see ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: