Between March 1984 and March 1987, 59 orthotopic liver transplantations have been performed in 52 children at the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels. The actuarial survival was 86%±5 up to 3 years of evolution. The most frequent indication, has been chronic hepatic insufficiency (43 patients) mainly because of biliary atresia; seven patients were transplanted for acute hepatic insufficiency and only two for liver tumor. Because of important donor/recipient weight discrepancy, a reduced-size liver was used in 20 occasions either for first or second transplant. No difference in the incidence of major complications were seen between whole liver and reduced size liver transplanted children, with the exception of more frequent subhepatic collections in the first and more hepatic artery thrombosis in the second group. Liver tests, clinical rehabilitation, and survival appear to be equal in the two groups.
- Pediatric liver transplantation
- segmental liver grafts
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health