- Direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) are associated with a 95.8% clearance rate among HCV+ recipients of viraemic liver transplant.
Why this matters
- HCV+ organs have become more ubiquitous during the current opioid crisis yet remain underused; this study adds evidence for their viability.
- Study of 24 HCV+ patients (67% male; median age, 63 years; HCV-1a, 79.2%) receiving livers from HCV+ donors; 5 (20.8%) underwent a combined liver-kidney transplant.
- Most had HCV-1a (79.2%) and were treatment-experienced (54.2%; DAAs, 8.3%); 45.8% had hepatocellular carcinoma at transplant.
- Median modified model for end-stage liver disease score, 19 (range, 14-35).
- Median waitlist time, 81 (range, 4-397) days.
- Funding: None disclosed.
- Median time from transplant to DAA therapy, 123 (range, 10-350) days.
- 3 patients (12.5%) transitioned to a different HCV genotype posttransplant.
- Most received 12-24 weeks of sofosbuvir combined with ledipasvir (83.3%), velpatasvir (8.3%), or daclatasvir (4.2%); 62.5% of courses were ribavirin-free.
- 95.8% achieved sustained virologic response at 12 weeks posttreatment (SVR12).
- Data for 17 patients showed 100% sustained clearance at week 24.
- Adverse events (20.8%) did not require discontinuation.
- 2 patients (1 nonresponse, 1 relapse) were successfully retreated with glecaprevir/pibrentasvir and sofosbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir, respectively.
- Retrospective design.
- Small sample size.
- Regimen heterogeneity.