September 2, 2013

Influence of Race/Ethnic Differences in Pre-Transplant Panel Reactive Antibody on Outcomes in Heart Transplant Recipients.


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Racial and ethnic differences in long-term survival after HT are well recognized. This US study demonstrated that after adjusting for BMI, blood type, sensitization, presence of VAD at transplant, and region, both Black and Hispanic race/ethnicity (
β=0.046, p<0.001) and peak PRA (β=0.146, p<0.001) were independently associated with longer wait-times. In sensitized patients, however, there
was no statistical difference in the likelihood of being treated for rejection based on race/ethnicity. Translation of this data to the Canadian population is not clear.

Cardiac Transplantation

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