Use of DCD organs: Expanding the donor pool to increase pediatric transplantation

Christine S. Hwang, Malcolm P MacConmara, André A.S. Dick

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The number of children being listed for transplant continues to be greater than the number of available organs. In fact, over the past decade, rates of liver and kidney transplants in pediatric transplantation are essentially unchanged (Am J Transplant. 2020;20:193 and Am J Transplant. 2020;20:20). The use of DCD donors offers a potential solution to organ scarcity; however, the use of DCD organs in pediatric transplantation remains a rare event. Pediatric transplants done using carefully chosen DCD donor organs have shown to have outcomes similar to those seen with the use of donation after brain death (DBD) donors. Herein, we review the literature to examine the utilization of DCD livers and kidneys, outcomes of these allografts, and assess if DCD organs are a viable method to increase organ availability in pediatric transplantation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPediatric Transplantation
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Transplantation


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