Contraindications

Evaluation of potential heart transplant recipients is very difficult and must be thorough. Established criteria of eligibility within a given program may vary somewhat with the maturity and local experiences within a given transplant program. Adherence to such criteria produces predictable results following transplantation. Conditions considered by most programs to contraindicate heart transplantation are listed in Table 11.3.

Listing Status Codes

Provided the patient meets the aforementioned criteria and has no contraindications they are listed for transplantation. In 1999 the urgency status codes were modified to provide better guidance with allocation. The present status codes are listed in Table 11.2.

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