MELD-Na: Does This Leave Anyone Behind?

MELD-Na: Does This Leave Anyone Behind? Curr Hepatology Rep (2017) 16:220–227 DOI 10.1007/s11901-017-0356-8 MANAGEMENT OF THE CIRRHOTIC PATIENT (A CARDENAS AND N REAU, SECTION EDITORS) 1 2 Tenzin Choden & Rohit Satoskar Published online: 22 July 2017 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2017 Abstract on a regional level, prompting the proposal for a national Purpose of Review This article reviews the historical evolu- review board. tion of the current deceased donor liver allocation and distri- bution policy in the USA and describes the continued efforts . . . . to address limitations within our current allocation system. Keywords MELD MELD-Na Frailty Liver transplant Recent Findings Due to the finding that hyponatremia is an National review board independent predictor of mortality, since January 2016, the Model for End-stage Liver Disease (MELD)-Na score incor- porating serum sodium is now used for patients with MELD score <11. MELD exception points allocation continues to be Introduction a challenging prospect in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC); new changes include a “delay and cap” policy implemented Starzl and colleagues performed the first human liver trans- in 2015 but consideration of other HCC-specific MELD plantation in 1963 [1]. Due to poor outcomes, a worldwide scores are being explored. In order to address the significant moratorium Current Hepatology Reports Springer Journals

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