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Transpl Int. 2014 Sep;27(9):917-25. doi: 10.1111/tri.12356. Epub 2014 Jun 23.

Pediatric heart allocation and transplantation in Eurotransplant.

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Eurotransplant International Foundation, Leiden, The Netherlands.


Pediatric heart allocation in Eurotransplant (ET) has evolved over the past decades to better serve patients and improve utilization. Pediatric heart transplants (HT) account for 6% of the annual transplant volume in ET. Death rates on the pediatric heart transplant waiting list have decreased over the years, from 25% in 1997 to 18% in 2011. Within the first year after listing, 32% of all infants (<12 months), 20% of all children aged 1-10 years, and 15% of all children aged 11-15 years died without having received a heart transplant. Survival after transplantation improved over the years, and in almost a decade, the 1-year survival went from 83% to 89%, and the 3-year rates increased from 81% to 85%. Improved medical management of heart failure patients and the availability of mechanical support for children have significantly improved the prospects for children on the heart transplant waiting list.


heart transplant survival; organ donation; pediatric transplantation; wait list mortality

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