Federal Action Could Stop Unneeded Surgeries, Experts Say
Andrew Conte; Luis Fabregas, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
TORONTO -- Federal rules need to change to protect patients from receiving unnecessary liver transplants, leading surgeons said at the American Transplant Congress here.
"We are concerned," said Dr. Elizabeth A. Pomfret, chairman of the liver and intestinal organ transplantation committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing, the federally funded agency that manages the nation's transplant system. "The new challenge is, can we improve upon the current allocation system? I think it's very possible that we could."
The Tribune-Review in March reported hundreds of patients each year undergo liver transplants when they have better odds of living at least a year by …
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