Preventable death: Children on the transplant waiting list

S. V. McDiarmid, W. S. Cherikh, S. C. Sweet

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Children, especially those under 5 years of age, have the highest death rate on the transplant waiting list compared to any other age range. This article discusses the concept, supported by OPTN data, that there is an age range of small pediatric donors, which are almost exclusively transplanted into small pediatric transplant candidates. Allocation policies that allow broader sharing of small pediatric donors into small pediatric candidates are likely to decrease death rates of children on the waiting list. As well, although the number of pediatric deceased donors continues to decline, improving consent rates for eligible pediatric donors, and judicious use of pediatric donors after cardiac death, can enhance the pediatric deceased donor supply.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2491-2495
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2008


  • Allocation
  • Death risk
  • Deceased donor organs
  • Pediatric transplantation


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