Presenter: José Maria, Morales, Madrid, Spain
Authors: José Maria Morales
Jose M Morales is Professor of Medicine and currently Consultant Investigator in the Research Institute of Hospital 12 de Octubre of Madrid, Spain. He is Past-President of the Madrid Transplantation Society and Past- Chief of Renal Transplant Program in Hospital 12 de Octubre. His main clinical and investigational activity has been focused on renal transplantation, especially Hepatitis C and immunosuppression, publishing more than 250 peer-review papers (H-index 38). He is a member of the experts who developed the KDIGO guidelines for Hepatitis C in chronic kidney disease in 2008 and 2017. He is the Vice-Chair of the 27th Congress of the Transplantation Society that will be held in Madrid 30 June-5 July, 2018.
Hepatitis C infection after renal transplantation can induce severe liver disease and lower patient and graft survival in HCV-infected compared with HCV negative patients. The successful use of new direct-acting antivirals for hepatitis C is changing the landscape of this complication in renal transplant patients. Therefore, if these drugs become available for all patients and their use is not restricted by the cost, probably Hepatitis C will not be a problem and will show excellent results after renal transplantation worldwide.
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