Between July 2003 and November 2004 14 pediatric liver transplantations (LTx) have been performed in 12 children using cadaveric donors. The primary diseases were as follows biliary atresia in 9 cases, whereas the other 3 children were affected by cystic fibrosis, Langherans cells histiocytosis, and hepatoblastoma, respectively. Median patient waiting time was 103 days (range, 2-158); no patient died while on the waiting list. Patients who underwent transplantation included 7 boys and 5 girls, ranging in age from 6 months to 14 years (median age, 5 years). Recipient median weight was 16 kg (range, 6-38). Donor median age was 19 years (range, 3-47), whereas donor median weight was 74 kg (range, 15-90). All children who underwent primary LTx were United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) status 2B. Of the 12 transplanted patients, 9 received a left lateral segment (LLS) from an in situ split liver, whereas 3 received a whole graft. Two children developed an episode of acute cellular rejection on the seventh postoperative day, which was treated successfully with a course of intravenous steroids for 3 days. After a median follow-up of 245 days, 10 children are alive but 2 children died due to primary nonfunction (PNF) on the second postoperative day and septic shock on the fifth postoperative day after retransplantation for acute hepatic artery thrombosis, respectively. One child who underwent retransplantation for hepatic artery thrombosis on the 31st postoperative day after primary LTx is currently alive. Evaluation of our initial data suggests that the split liver technique has the potential to meet the needs of pediatric LTx allowing grafting early in the course of the original disease and reducing waiting time.
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|Publication status||Published - 2005|
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