Study: Baby boomers may be to blame for liver transplants increase

December 19, 2012 1:48:38 PM PST
There is an increasing demand for liver transplants in this country and baby boomers are apparently to blame.

Experts say the development of liver cancer in aging baby boomers with hepatitis C is spurring the continuing increased demand for transplants.

A study in the journal Liver Transplantation finds people born between 1941 and 1960 accounted for 81 percent of all new liver transplant registrants infected with hepatitis C.

But it also found that the demand may decrease as these patients get older.

Experts say over the coming decade this group will challenge the transplant community to reconsider current treatment plans.

They also add many of these patients will not be healthy enough for transplantation.