Journal article

Review of the impact of donor characteristics on pediatric heart transplant outcomes

Jennifer Conway, Jean A Ballweg, Matthew Fenton, Steve Kindel, Maryanne Chrisant, Robert G Weintraub, Lara Danziger-Isakov, Richard Kirk, Oliver Meira, Ryan R Davies, Anne I Dipchand

Pediatric Transplantation | WILEY | Published : 2020


Heart transplantation (HTx) is a treatment option for end-stage heart failure in children. HTx is limited by the availability and acceptability of donor hearts. Refusal of donor hearts has been reported to be common with reasons for refusal including preexisting donor characteristics. This review will focus on the impact of donor characteristics and comorbidities on outcomes following pediatric HTx. A literature review was performed to identify articles on donor characteristics and comorbidities and pediatric HTx outcomes. There are many donor characteristics to consider when accepting a donor heart. Weight-based matching is the most common form of matching in pediatric HTx with a donor-reci..

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