Health Status of Children Alive 10 Years after Pediatric Liver Transplantation Performed in the US and Canada: Report of the Studies of Pediatric Liver Transplantation Experience Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVES: To determine clinical and health-related quality of life outcomes, and to derive an "ideal" composite profile of children alive 10 years after pediatric liver transplantation (LT) performed in the US and Canada. STUDY DESIGN: This was a multicenter cross-sectional analysis characterizing patients enrolled in the Studies of Pediatric Liver Transplantation database registry who have survived >10 years from LT. RESULTS: A total of 167 10-year survivors were identified, all of whom received daily immunosuppression therapy. Comorbidities associated with the post-LT course included post-transplantation lymphoproliferative disease (in 5% of patients), renal dysfunction (9%), and impaired linear growth (23%). Health-related quality of life, as assessed by the PedsQL 4.0 Generic Core Scales, revealed lower patient self-reported total scale scores for 10-year survivors compared with matched healthy children (77.2±12.9 vs 84.9±11.7; P<.001). At 10 years post-LT, only 32% of patients achieved an ideal profile of a first allograft stable on immunosuppression monotherapy, normal growth, and absence of common immunosuppression-induced sequelae. CONCLUSION: Success after pediatric LT has moved beyond patient survival. Availability of an ideal composite profile at follow-up provides opportunities for patients, families, and healthcare providers to identify broader sets of outcomes at earlier stages, ultimately contributing to improved outcomes after pediatric LT.

author list (cited authors)

  • Ng, V. L., Alonso, E. M., Bucuvalas, J. C., Cohen, G., Limbers, C. A., Varni, J. W., ... Group, S.

citation count

  • 151

complete list of authors

  • Ng, Vicky L||Alonso, Estella M||Bucuvalas, John C||Cohen, Geoff||Limbers, Christine A||Varni, James W||Mazariegos, George||Magee, John||McDiarmid, Susan V||Anand, Ravinder

publication date

  • May 2012