Advances in Hepatitis C treatment transforming organ transplant

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ST. LOUIS –   People waiting for a liver or kidney can now accept an organ infected with Hepatitis C.  At present, more than 100,000 people are on the kidney transplant waiting list.  Every day, about 12 of these candidates will die or become too sick before a deceased donor organ becomes available.

Now there are new drugs that can cure Hepatitis C and that is not only saving the lives of those infected but also people waiting for a liver or kidney transplant at St. Louis University Hospital.  Given Hep-C can usually be cured, accepting a liver or kidney with Hep-C could be a life-saving option for many patients who know, without a transplant, they will die sooner.

SLUCare transplant surgeon Dr. Mustafa Nazzal from SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital, talks about how SLU Hospital is the first in Missouri that is leading the way in this effort with their wait listed patients. They have performed several of these transplants so far and are seeing positive outcomes.

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