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Live-Donor Liver Transplant Program Suspended At UPMC

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The live-donor liver transplant program has reportedly been halted at UPMC.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, the health system suspended has the program as a precautionary measure.

Earlier this month, UPMC also temporarily suspended its living kidney donor program because of a case involving hepatitis C.

On May 11, Paul Wood, the vice president of public relations for UPMC, said, “This involved one case, one isolated case of a donor kidney that turned out to be from a donor that was hepatitis C positive.”

A person with hepatitis C can donate a kidney, but only if the recipient has hepatitis C.

The Tribune Review is also reporting that UPMC has disciplined two employees, suspending a nurse and demoting a doctor in the case.

The hospital says it has shut down the live liver transplant program now as well out of an abundance of caution and while procedures are reviewed.

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Tribune Review: “UPMC halts ‘live’ liver transplants”
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