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Scand J Gastroenterol. 2011 Jul;46(7-8):941-8. doi: 10.3109/00365521.2011.568521. Epub 2011 Mar 28.

Impact of the MELD allocation after its implementation in liver transplantation.

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Department of Visceral, Transplantation, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Universitätsklinikum Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany.



On 16 December 2006, most Eurotransplant countries changed waiting time oriented liver allocation policy to the urgency oriented Model for End-stage Liver Disease (MELD) system. There are limited data on the effects of this policy change within the Eurotransplant community.


A total of 154 patients who had undergone deceased donor liver transplantation (LT) were retrospectively analyzed in three time periods: period A (1-year pre-MELD, n = 42) versus period B (1-year post-MELD, n = 52) versus period C (2 years after MELD implementation, n = 60).


The median MELD score at the time of LT increased from 16.3 points in period A to 22.4 and 20.4 in periods B and C, respectively (p = 0.007). Waitlist mortality decreased from 18.4% in period A to 10.4% and 9.4% in periods B and C, respectively (p = 0.015). Three-month mortality did not change significantly (10% each for periods A, B and C). One-year survival was 84% for the MELD 6-19 group compared with 81% in the MELD 20-29 group and 74% in the MELD ‚Č•30 group (p = 0.823). Analyzing MELD score and previously described prognostic scores [i.e. survival after liver transplantation (SALT) score and donor-MELD (D-MELD) score] with regard to 1-year survival, only a high risk SALT score was predictive (p = 0.038). In our center, 2 years after implementation of the MELD system, waitlist mortality decreased, while 90-day mortality did not change significantly.


Up to now, only the SALT score proved to be of prognostic relevance post-transplant.

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