Pediatric liver transplantation: Indications, surgical techniques and results

B. Gridelli, S. Riva, M. Spada

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Abstract

Pediatric liver transplantation is a challenging field for all healthcare providers involved with children with end-stage liver disease. Graft and patient survival continue to improve due to improvements in medical, surgical, and anesthetic management, organ availability, and identification and treatment of postoperative complications. Newer immunosuppression regimens continue to have a significant impact on graft and patient survival. For long-term survivors of liver transplantation, the goal is to maintain graft function and wellness while decreasing the morbidity associated with long-term immunosuppression. As survival rates have increased, health care providers have begun to assess health-related quality of life. This article reviews current status of pediatric liver transplantation, focusing on indications, pre-transplant work-up, surgical techniques, immunosuppression, early and late complications, and updates on the current status of pediatric liver transplantation in Italy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-166
Number of pages17
JournalItalian Journal of Pediatrics
Volume31
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005

Keywords

  • Liver failure
  • Liver transplantation indications
  • Pediatric liver transplantation
  • Surgical techniques

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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