Part C Liver Transplantation

Estella M. Alonso, Riccardo A. Superina

Liver transplantation in children shares many similarities with that in adults. There are, however, important differences. The diseases which lead to liver insufficiency in children are dissimilar, and the interval between diagnosis of liver dysfunction and rapid deterioration in health due to liver disease is often more compressed in the child as compared to the adult. Liver disease in infancy interferes with the critical period of growth and development in the early years of life and adds to the urgency of transplantation so that losses can be regained. In the following chapter, we have concentrated on the areas in which the management of children before and after transplantation differs most from that in older patients.

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