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New Study: Hepatitis C-Negative Patients May Safely Receive Positive Hearts, Lungs

from By Lynn Hetzler

A group of transplant surgeons at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston decided to investigate whether organs from donors with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) could be safely transplanted into recipients without the virus. They reported their findings in the New England Journal of Medicine. Hearts and lungs from donors infected with HCV are usually discarded out of concerns of spreading the viral infection, despite the immediate need for such organs. Organs for donation increasingly carry the hepatitis C virus, as people who use inject drugs and share needles are at high risk of HCV infection. more

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