What are the transfusion requirements for liver transplantation in children?

Updated: Apr 19, 2019
  • Author: Vanessa A Olcese, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Ron Shapiro, MD  more...
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Children undergo OLT for biliary cirrhosis secondary to congenital or acquired neonatal biliary atresia. Pediatric liver recipients are frequently poorly matched for size with the donor liver because of a lack of availability. In this circumstance, graft reduction is necessary, although this technique often contributes to increased blood loss from the raw liver surface after reperfusion.


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