Single-Center Experience of Pediatric Heart Transplantation in Taiwan

N. K. Chou, C. H. Chang, N. H. Chi, C. I. Chang, Y. S. Chen, E. T. Wu, M. H. Wu, J. K. Wang, R. B. Hsu, S. C. Huang, W. J. Ko, S. H. Chu, F. Y. Lin, S. S. Wang

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Heart transplantation (HTx) is a treatment for end-stage heart failure or a complex or inoperable congenital defect. The long-term survival and the adequate donor to recipient body weight (D/R BW) ratio remain to be determined. From March 1995 to May 2004, 14 children (6 months-16 years of age) underwent HTx due to underlying diseases of idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (n = 10; 71.4%), congenital heart disease (n = 3; 21.4%), and Kawasaki disease (n = 1; 7.1%). Donor-recipient body weight ratio ranged from 0.89 to 3.9. Big heart syndrome was present in one patient when D/R BW ratio was more than 3. Actuarial survival was 92.9% at 5 years after transplantation. Only the one patient who had Kawasaki disease died due to early primary graft failure. HTx is a feasible method with good long-term survival rates for end-stage heart failure or for complex or inoperable congenital defects. After careful pretransplant evaluation, a high D/R BW ratio (more than 3) is acceptable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2130-2131
Number of pages2
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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