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Transplant Proc. 2006 Oct;38(8):2673-4.

MELD [corrected] score in patients accepted for liver transplantation 1994 to 2004.

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  • 1Department of Transplantation and Liver Surgery, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.

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  • Transplant Proc. 2007 Jan-Feb;39(1):314.


There has been a need to be able to grade the "degree of sickness" in patients with acute and chronic hepatic failure. The Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score was developed as a tool to give a more objective estimate of the degree of sickness in patients with chronic liver disease. In this study the MELD score was compared retrospectively in adult patients accepted for liver transplantation (OLT) at our institution in 1994, 1999, and 2004. Gender, age, and MELD score associated with different indications for OLT were analyzed for the same period. The MELD scores were unchanged between the examined years, and there was no difference between male and female patients accepted for OLT. Comparing MELD score between male and female patients, there was a potential risk for discrimination of female patients due to their reduced muscle mass, resulting in a lower serum creatinine and a lower MELD score. There was no difference in MELD score comparing 1994, 1999, and 2004 for patients with cirrhosis. Patients with acute hepatic failure had the highest MELD scores while patients undergoing OLT because of malignancy had the lowest MELD score. MELD score seemed to be a useful tool for retrospective analyzes of potential OLT recipients.

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