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What are the odds of my one year old getting a liver transplant?

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Dr. Ralph Layman
Surgery - Transplant
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In brief: Depends

This is a difficult question.
There are 300-400 liver transplants done in the U.S. Each year for kids under 5 years old. Right now there are just over 200 kids under 5 waiting for a liver. This suggests that if a 1 year old needs one they will get one. A lot of these transplants are from living donors (usually parents). Also some centers do many more pediatric transplants than others.

In brief: Depends

This is a difficult question.
There are 300-400 liver transplants done in the U.S. Each year for kids under 5 years old. Right now there are just over 200 kids under 5 waiting for a liver. This suggests that if a 1 year old needs one they will get one. A lot of these transplants are from living donors (usually parents). Also some centers do many more pediatric transplants than others.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Dr. Ralph Layman
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In brief: Depends

Once the need for a liver transplant is anticipated, your child will be placed on the waiting list.
Many factors will determine the odds or the duration of wait. Frequent visits with your transplant surgeon / team is essential to ensure the status of your child is up to date. Many patients found it helpful to google meld: model for end-stage liver disease.

In brief: Depends

Once the need for a liver transplant is anticipated, your child will be placed on the waiting list.
Many factors will determine the odds or the duration of wait. Frequent visits with your transplant surgeon / team is essential to ensure the status of your child is up to date. Many patients found it helpful to google meld: model for end-stage liver disease.
Dr. George T Tsai
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Dr. Tracy Berg
Being a parent with a child on a liver transplant list is tough. Don't give up. Consider joining both a support group, and a civic group that educates about the need for organ donors. Ask your pediatrician about a second transplant program in your area or remote. Ask your transplant team if you could be a living donor.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Surgery - Transplant

In brief: Continued

Your best option would be to get listed at centers that do a large volume of pediatric work, consider living donation (not all centers do living liver donation), and if you have the option being listed in multiple regions.

In brief: Continued

Your best option would be to get listed at centers that do a large volume of pediatric work, consider living donation (not all centers do living liver donation), and if you have the option being listed in multiple regions.
Dr. Ralph Layman
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