Expansion of the Liver Donor Supply Through Greater Use of Split Liver Transplantation: Identifying Optimal Recipients.

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Summary of "Expansion of the Liver Donor Supply Through Greater Use of Split Liver Transplantation: Identifying Optimal Recipients."

The increased use of split liver transplantation (SLT) represents one strategy to increase the supply of organs. Although outcomes after SLT and whole liver transplantation (WLT) are similar on average among pediatric recipients, we hypothesized that the relationship between graft type and outcomes may vary depending on patient, donor, and surgical characteristics. We evaluated graft survival among pediatric (<18 years), deceased-donor, liver-only transplant recipients from March, 2002, until December, 2015, using data from the the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients. Graft survival was assessed in a Cox proportional hazards model, with and without effect modification between graft type and donor, recipient, and surgical characteristics, to identify conditions where the risk of graft loss for SLT and WLT were similar. In a traditional multivariable model, characteristics associated with graft loss included donor age >50 years, recipient weight <10 kg, acute hepatic necrosis, autoimmune diseases, tumor, public insurance, and cold ischemia time (CIT) >8 hours. In an analysis that explored whether these characteristics modified the relationship between graft type and graft loss, many characteristics associated with loss actually had similar outcomes irrespective of graft type including weight <10 kg, acute hepatic necrosis, autoimmune diseases, and tumor. In contrast, several subgroups had worse outcomes when SLT was used, including recipient weight 10-35 kg, non-BA cholestasis, and metabolic disease. Allocation score, share type, or CIT did not modify risk of graft type and graft failure. Although one might anticipate that individuals with higher rates of graft loss would be worse candidates for SLT, data suggest that these patients actually have similar rates of graft loss. These findings can guide surgical decision-making and may support policy changes that promote the increased use of SLT for specific pediatric recipients. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.


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Name: Liver transplantation : official publication of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society
ISSN: 1527-6473


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