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Liver Meeting 2017 - Liver Ca Transplant Rates Vary by Ethnicity

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Liver Ca Transplant Rates Vary by Ethnicity
by Joyce Frieden Joyce Frieden, News Editor, MedPage Today
Blacks have lower rates despite same degree of illness, study finds

WASHINGTON -- African American patients at a major liver transplant center in the Midwest received liver transplantation less often than their white counterparts, even though they had about the same degree of illness, researchers said here.

In a 15-year cohort of liver cancer patients treated at two Indiana University clinics, 14% of African-American liver cancer patients underwent transplants compared with 26% of Caucasian patients (P=0.001), despite both groups having similar MELD (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease) scores, Child-Pugh scores, and BCLC (Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer) staging, Lauren Nephew, MD, a transplant pathologist at Indiana University in Indianapolis, and colleagues said in a poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

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