Prognostic Factors for Pediatric Living Donor Liver Transplantation: Impact of Zero-mortality Transplant for Cholestatic Diseases




Living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) is the final therapeutic arm for pediatric end-stage liver diseases. Toward the goal of achieving further improvement in LDLT survival, we investigated factors affecting recipient survival. We evaluated the prognostic factors of 60 pediatric recipients (< 16 years old) who underwent LDLT between 1997 and 2015. In a univariate analysis, non-cholestatic (NCS) disease, graft/recipient body weight ratio, cold and warm ischemic times, and intraoperative blood loss were significant factors impacting survival. In a multivariate analysis, NCS disease was the only significant factor worsening survival (p=0.0021). One-and 5-year survival rates for the cholestatic disease (CS, n=43) and NCS (n=17) groups were 100% vs. 70.6% and 97.4% vs. 58.8% (p=0.004, log-rank). Intergroup comparisons revealed that CS was significantly associated with operation time, cold ischemia, hepatomegaly of the native liver, and portal plasty. These data suggest that a cirrhotic, swollen, artery-dominant liver did not increase graft size-related risks despite the surgical complexity of preceding operations. The NCS group's poorer survival originated from recurrence of the primary disease and liver manifestation of systemic disease untreatable by transplantation. Improving the survival of pediatric recipients requires intensive efforts to prevent primary disease relapse and more rapid diagnoses to exclude contraindications from NCS disease.


  • Acta Medica Okayama

    Acta Medica Okayama 72(6), 567-576, 2018-12

    Okayama University Medical School