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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Volume 28 (2014), Issue 1, Pages 41-44
Original Article

One Year of Hepatitis B Immunoglobulin Plus Tenofovir Therapy is Safe and Effective in Preventing Recurrent Hepatitis B Infection Post-Liver Transplantation

Tomohiro Tanaka,1,2 Eberhard L Renner,1 Nazia Selzner,1 George Therapondos,1 and Leslie B Lilly1

1Multi-Organ Transplant Program, Liver Transplant Unit, University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2Organ Transplantation Service, The University of Tokyo Hospital, Tokyo, Japan

Received 6 July 2013; Accepted 11 August 2013

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BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIG) given in combination with a nucleos(t)ide analogue has reduced the rate of recurrent hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection following liver transplantation (LT); however, the most effective protocol remains unclear.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the use of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) in combination with one year of low-dose HBIG.

METHODS: Twenty-four adults who underwent LT for HBV-related liver disease at the University Health Network (Toronto, Ontario) and received TDF (± lamivudine) and one year of HBIG to prevent recurrent HBV infection from June 2005 to June 2011 were evaluated.

RESULTS: The median length of follow-up post-LT was 29.1 months. Three patients died during the follow-up period. Patient survival was 100% and 84.1% at one and five years, respectively. None of the patients developed recurrent HBV infection. No significant adverse event was observed due to TDF administration; renal function pre- and post-LT were also acceptably preserved.

CONCLUSION: The present study demonstrated that a short, finite course of low-dose HBIG combined with maintenance of long-term TDF staring before LT is cost-effective and safe. However, further prospective study involving a larger patient cohort with a longer followup period is required to confirm the results.