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Can a child (preteen) heart be donated to an adult?

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Dr. Liviu Klein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Hearts are matched by blood type and body size.
A preteen or teenager's heart can be matched to a small adult - say someone that's 4-5 feet tall and weighs 80-100 lbs.

In brief: Yes

Hearts are matched by blood type and body size.
A preteen or teenager's heart can be matched to a small adult - say someone that's 4-5 feet tall and weighs 80-100 lbs.
Dr. Liviu Klein
Dr. Liviu Klein
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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Rarely

I am not a transplant expert, but from what i know it depends on the relative size of the donor and the recipient.
If the donor is larger size person, and the adult smaller in size, it is possible. But i would think that many times if the tissue match is ok, the would likely keep a pre-teen heart to match with a like age recipient.

In brief: Rarely

I am not a transplant expert, but from what i know it depends on the relative size of the donor and the recipient.
If the donor is larger size person, and the adult smaller in size, it is possible. But i would think that many times if the tissue match is ok, the would likely keep a pre-teen heart to match with a like age recipient.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology

In brief: Possible, unlikely

The compatibility of a recipient and donor depends on many factors.
Size of the heart is one. In general, a pre-teen's heart is unlikely to be of adequate size to be transplanted into an adult. But the specific match depends on each individual donor and recipient.

In brief: Possible, unlikely

The compatibility of a recipient and donor depends on many factors.
Size of the heart is one. In general, a pre-teen's heart is unlikely to be of adequate size to be transplanted into an adult. But the specific match depends on each individual donor and recipient.
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