A man in his 40s infected through contaminated blood products with
both HIV and hepatitis C recently underwent liver transplant surgery,
the first person to benefit from revised guidelines in Japan giving
priority for the surgery to such patients, sources said.
The transplant in June was the first since regulations were revised
in 2012 to give priority to HIV/hepatitis C-infected liver cirrhosis
patients who are at greater risk than those infected with hepatitis C
alone, the sources said Monday.
“Liver cirrhosis of double-infected patients frequently makes more
rapid progress, leading them to die at younger ages,” said Nagasaki
University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences professor Susumu
Labels: Coinfection, Japan, Liver Transplant