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Liver Transplantation in Older Patients

By TE Starzl, S Todo, R Gordon, L Makowka, A Tzakis, S Iwatsuki, W Marsh, C Esquivel and DV Thiel


To the Editor: The impact of liver transplantation on public health policy has not been delineated, partly because of uncertainty about the upper age limit for candidacy. We have compared the outlook in 363 adult recipients of livers who were less than 50 years old (mean +SD, 35.8+8.5) and 92 recipients who were 50 to 77 years old (mean +SD, 55.7+4.8). Cyclosporine and steroids 1 , 2 were used for immunosuppression, and monoclonal antilymphocyte globulin 3 and azathioprine were added as needed. The techniques of liver transplantation 4 were not influenced by the age of the patient. The indications for transplantation are shown in Figure 1…., No extract is available for articles shorter than 400 words. © 1987, Massachusetts Medical Society. All rights reserved

Year: 1987
DOI identifier: 10.1056/NEJM198702193160814
OAI identifier: oai:d-scholarship.pitt.edu:4134
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