Survival benefit after liver transplantation: A single european center experience

Matteo Ravaioli, Gian Luca Grazi, Alessandro Dazzi, Valentina Bertuzzo, Giorgio Ercolani, Matteo Cescon, Alessandro Cucchetti, Michele Masetti, Giovanni Ramacciato, Antonio Daniele Pinna

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BACKGROUND.: The evaluation of the survival achieved with liver transplantation (LT) compared with remaining on the waiting list, the transplant benefit, should be the underlying principle of organ allocation. METHODS.: During 2004 to 2007 with an allocation system based on Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score with exceptions, we prospectively evaluated the transplant benefit and its relation to the match between recipient and donor characteristics. RESULTS.: Among 575 patients listed for chronic liver disease, 218 (37.9%) underwent LT and 115 (20%) were removed from the list (76 deaths, 25 tumor progressions, and 14 sick conditions). The 1-and 3-year survival rates on the list were significantly related to MELD score more than or equal to 20 (57% and 33% vs. 88% and 66%, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)826-834
Number of pages9
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Graft failure.
  • Liver allocation
  • MELD score
  • Patient survival
  • Transplant benefit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation

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