“Lung Transplant HCV, Pilot Study”
In this study HCV negative recipients will be transplanted with HCV positive lungs. Investigators will attempt to decrease infectivity rates by performing Normothermic Ex vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP), which is an approved method of donor lung preservation, assessment and treatment, and could be an excellent platform to reduce/eliminate hepatitis C virus. Patients will be treated by the standard approved direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) if infection occurs. It is planned to enrolled 20 patients from the Lung transplant wait list in this study. Patients will be followed for 6 months. This will be a single center pilot study.
Drug - Sofosbuvir-velpatasvir (400 mg/100 mg)
Patients will have standard monitoring with HCV RNA and liver panel assessment at 2 week intervals until HCV is undetectable and then at the end of treatment and 3 and 6 months following its completion. Post-operative transplant care and immunosuppression will be carried on as usual transplant practice at Toronto General Hospital.
Device - Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP)
Normothermic EVLP is a method of donor lung preservation, assessment, treatment, and repair of injured organs. This method allows donor lungs to be treated for at least 12h under protective physiological conditions.
Lung Transplantation Using Hepatitis C Positive Donors to Hepatitis C Negative Recipients: A Pilot Study