Young adults in the US experience worse waitlist and liver transplant outcomes

Dr. Adnan Said

A story about a recent study by researchers at the University of Washington included the perspective of Adnan Said, MD, MS, associate professor (CHS), Gastroenterology and Hematology. 

The study analyzed United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) data on nearly 14,000 liver transplant candidates. Adults aged 18 to 24 years had poorer waitlist and transplant outcomes, and were the most likely age range to die on the waiting list as well as to have higher mortality rates compared to 0-17 and 25-34-year-old patients. 

Speaking on behalf of the American Liver Foundation's National Medical Advisory Committee, Dr. Said remarked that differences in organ allocation policy as well as social and behavioral challenges of young adults transitioning from parental care to independence could play a role. 

“Resources should be provided to assist these young adults as they transition to independence with medication compliance, insurance coverage and medication coverage,” he said.