Abstract #THU-451 History of marijuana use does not affect outcomes on the liver transplant waitlist—P. Kotwani, et al. by Lucinda K. Porter, RN
Study Aims and Results: The goal of this study was to also determine the prevalence and factors associated with marijuana use by people on the liver transplant waitlist. Additionally, researchers sought to evaluate the risk of waitlist death, delisting, and receiving of transplants among current and prior marijuana users. This two-year retrospective study of 884 adults found marijuana use was 48%; 7% were current users and 41% prior users. The incidence of death/delisting or receiving transplant was the same among marijuana users and non-users.
Conclusions: History of marijuana use was not associated with worse outcomes on the liver transplant waitlist. Based on these data, the researchers concluded that marijuana use alone may not warrant contraindication or disqualification from transplant listing.
Editorial Comments: More than half the states in the U.S. have legalized the use of medical marijuana, but that doesn’t mean you can use it if you are on the transplant list. Alcohol is legal in all states but drinking it disqualifies you from receiving a liver transplant, since alcohol damages the liver. Research on marijuana’s effect on the liver is long overdue.
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