The Infant or Child as a Transplantation Candidate

  • J. Jeffrey Malatack
Reference work entry
Part of the Organ and Tissue Transplantation book series (OTT)


The often quoted medical aphorism “A child is not simply a small adult” is most applicable when the setting is the child or infant as a solid organ transplantation candidate. The pediatric transplantation candidate, similar to the adult, must deal with the life-threatening issues of critical organ failure but also, and unlike the adult, must continue moving through the progression of child development at that same time. It is a multitasking effort to the nth degree, and not surprisingly even when the child sails through the medical rigors of transplantation, all may still turn out far from optimal. In the following chapter, we will focus on the transition of the child or infant from diagnosis of a chronic disease through candidacy for organ transplantation to becoming an organ recipient.


PT (prothrombin time) INR (international normalization ratio) PN (parenteral nutrition) Immunosuppression Transplantation waiting list LRT (living-related transplantation) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for ChildrenWilmingtonUSA

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  • J Jeffrey Malatack
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  1. 1.Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for ChildrenWilmingtonUSA

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