Organ Allocation for Children

  • B. J. Hong
  • J. M. Smith
  • Evelyn Hsu
Reference work entry
Part of the Organ and Tissue Transplantation book series (OTT)


In 1984, the US government passed the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA), which mandated governmental oversight of solid organ transplantation and allocation. The scarcity of organs coupled with high mortality rates awaiting transplantation in all age groups required added pressure for the codified protection and prioritization of children, who have been designated a special and vulnerable population. Allocation systems have been implemented across different organs with varying success in advocating for children declining on the waitlist. Ethical principles supporting pediatric prioritization across organs and the success of international allocation systems that provide further priority continue to give hope for improvements in pediatric waitlist mortality and morbidity.


Pediatric Solid organ transplant Allocation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of CardiologySeattle Children’s HospitalSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Division of Gastroenterology and HepatologySeattle Children’s HospitalSeattleUSA

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