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Pediatric Liver and Kidney Transplantation with Allografts from DCD Donors

Death after Cardiac Death (DCD) organs, a form of expanded criteria organs, have traditionally been associated with greater complications. Generally, organs are given to pediatric cases preferentially though this has not been the case with expanded criteria organs for fear of increased organ failure. This study examined the outcome of allDCD liver and kidney transplants in pediatric cases over a ten year period and finds the results optimistic . It should be noted that the samples sizes were very small warranting the authors to conclude that “with selective use and in the correct setting, liver and kidney recipients can expect durable results.” As with any small sample size, a larger study would be necessary to obtain valid statistical results.

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