The Hepatitis C Transplant Collaborative

  • End date
    Dec 26, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Baylor Research Institute
Updated on 26 January 2021


In this study we seek to test the hypothesis that safety and clinical outcomes after cardiac transplantation utilizing HCV NAT+ donor organs as currently performed are acceptable.


Organ offers from donors with prior or chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) exposure have been historically underutilized for orthotopic heart transplantation because of the post-transplantation risks [1, 2]. The use of HCV antibody-positive (Ab+) donors was associated with attenuated survival benefit after heart transplant and increased coronary allograft vasculopathy in the era before new highly effective direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) were developed [3-5]. These DAAs target multiple steps in the HCV replication life cycle [6]. Newer, well-tolerated, oral direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) have recently been transforming thoracic transplant outcomes after donor-derived HCV transmission. Moreover, now that HCV nucleic-acid testing (NAT), a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based approach to detecting viral activity, is widely available and used on all US donor organs, transplant centers have more relevant information about the donor, allowing better risk assessments.

As a result, the utilization of HCV NAT+ donor hearts for transplantation is rapidly gaining momentum, with the obvious benefits of an enlarged donor pool [7]. Appropriately, clinical safety trials are currently underway, including a multicenter effort led by the PI of this proposal. Moreover, since the last ~2 years many transplant centers across the nation have started transplanting HCV NAT+ donor organs as standard of care. We estimate that the number of HCV+ cardiac transplants is quickly outpacing the number of trial participants. Hence, it is imperative that safety assessments and risk analyses 'catch up with the real world'.

Condition Hepatitis C, Hepatitis C virus, Transplant; Failure, Heart, Transplant; Failure, Heart, Transplant; Failure, Heart, Transplant; Failure, Heart, Transplant; Failure, Heart
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04493385
SponsorBaylor Research Institute
Last Modified on26 January 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Is your age greater than or equal to 18 yrs?
Gender: Male or Female
Do you have any of these conditions: Hepatitis C virus or Transplant; Failure, Heart or Hepatitis C?
Do you have any of these conditions: Transplant; Failure, Heart or Hepatitis C or Hepatitis C virus?
Recipient of a proven HCV NAT+ donor heart
Re-transplant patients will be included

Exclusion Criteria

Multi-organ transplantation
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