Prevention of hepatitis C recurrence by bridging sofosbuvir/ribavirin from pre- to post-liver transplant: a real-life strategy.

Maria Francesca Donato, Cristina Morelli, Renato Romagnoli, Federica Invernizzi, Chiara Mazzarelli, Rosa Maria Iemmolo, Marzia Montalbano, Ilaria Lenci, Sherrie Bhoori, Giulia Pieri, Sonia Berardi, Paolo Caraceni, Silvia Martini

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BACKGROUND AIMS: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) re-infection following liver transplant (LT) is associated with reduced graft and patient survival. Before transplant, Sofosbuvir/Ribavirin (SOF/R) treatment prevents recurrent HCV in 96% of those patients achieving viral suppression for at least 4 weeks before transplant. We evaluated whether a bridging SOF-regimen from pre- to post-transplant is safe and effective to prevent HCV recurrence in those patients with less than 4 weeks of HCV-RNA undetectability at the time of transplant. METHODS: From July 2014 SOF/R was given in 233 waitlisted HCV cirrhotics with/without hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) within an Italian Compassionate Program. One hundred patients were transplanted and 31 patients (31 treated with SOF/R bridging therapy were studied. RESULTS: Liver transplant indication in bridge subgroup was HCC in 22 and decompensated cirrhosis in 9. HCV-genotype was 1/4 in 18 patients. SOF 400 mg/day and R (median dosage 800 mg/day) were given for a median of 35 days before LT. At transplant time, 19 patients were still
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JournalLiver International
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2016


  • hepatitis C, hepatocellular carcinoma, liver transplant, sofosbuvir therapy, virological response

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