Patients increasingly dying waiting for transplants

Patients listed for liver transplant are more likely than ever to die before a donor liver becomes available, says a New Zealand expert.

Speaking at APASL 2014, Dr David Orr from the New Zealand Liver Transplant Unit in Auckland said although survival after liver transplant was very good with over 90% still alive after five years, mortality on the waiting list was increasing.

Assessments for liver transplant in patients with hepatocellular cancer had doubled in the past fifteen years, he said. Around three-quarters of those patients were listed for transplant, but a quarter of those were subsequently de-listed