October 1, 2011

The impact of heart failure severity at time of listing for cardiac transplantation on survival in pediatric cardiomyopathy


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In this unique study, a dataset merging patients within both the Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Registry and the Pediatric Heart Transplant Study is analyzed to address the question of the survival benefit of transplantation for children with cardiomyopathies based on severity of heart failure.  Given the ongoing shortage of organ donors, especially within the pediatric age group, the results of a negligible benefit for patients NOT on inotropic or mechanical support further calls into question the UNOS listing status 2.

Cardiac Transplantation

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