This course may contain imagery and/or video of surgical procedures.
Pediatric liver transplantation is a complex lifesaving procedure for children suffering from liver failure, metabolic liver disease, or liver cancer. Due to the small size of children, transplant surgeons need to be able to utilize a variety of donor liver grafts. Donor livers may be procured from living donors by taking a small segment of the liver from an adult, or from deceased donors – either whole grafts from size appropriate donors or by splitting adult size livers into 2 segments, allowing transplantation of 2 recipients from one liver. The ability to provide all donor options results in decreased death on the waitlist and excellent post-transplant outcomes.
- Understand the primary indications for liver transplantation in children
- Identify roadblocks for transplanting small infants
- Describe all potential donor options for children
- Describe post-transplant outcomes and survival in the pediatric population
This seminar focuses on surgery and was delivered at a virtual event titled, “Donor Options for Pediatric Liver Transplantation,” on October 12, 2022.
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