The Karnofsky performance status independently precited graft and patient survival before and after liver transplantation, according to recently published data.
“The Karnofsky performance status (KPS) has been used for almost 70 years in clinical practice as a subjective ‘eyeball’ assessment of the overall performance status of patients,” Paul J. Thuluvath, MD, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and colleagues wrote. “We have shown that low KPS scores are associated with worse outcomes after LT. Moreover, the absence of improvement on KPS scores is associated with poor survival especially in those with low KPS at the time of LT.”
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc.
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