WASHINGTON — Relapse to alcohol use after liver transplantation for alcoholic liver disease was more common among younger patients, according to a study presented at Digestive Disease Week 2018. “Alcoholic liver disease is the second most common indication for liver transplant,” Mohanad Turki Ali Al-Qaisi, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Ariz., said in his presentation. “Timing of alcohol relapse after LT can have a detrimental impact on patient survival.” Al-Qaisi conducted a retrospective chart review of patients who underwent LT for alcoholic liver disease between 1999 and 2015 with at least 1 year of follow-up to establish the rate of alcohol relapse posttransplant and define predictive factors.
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