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The Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC treats a variety of diagnoses. In addition to addressing acute and end-stage liver disease, Children's offers transplants for conditions that, while not immediately life-threatening, impair development and diminish a child's quality of life. Children's Hospital is among the most accomplished centers in the use of liver transplantation to treat and in some cases cure metabolic disorders.
Outcomes for liver transplantation are excellent, but access to quality deceased donor organs is an issue.. To help overcome the organ shortage, surgeons and physicians at Children's have developed a living-donor liver transplantation program as a life-saving alternative. In the process, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has emerged as the leading center in the U.S. for pediatric living-donor liver transplantation in the past 5 years.
The first living-donor liver transplant was performed at Children's Hospital in 1997 on an 18-month-old boy with biliary atresia, who successfully received a portion of his father's liver. The program has excellent results, reporting 1 and 3 year patient survival at 100%, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR).
The use of liver tissue from living donors for pediatric liver transplantation helps us achieve success in multiple ways, including:
We encourage referring physicians to open the discussion about living donor liver transplantation with the patients and families you refer to us.
Contact a Transplant Coordinator to learn more about living donor liver transplantation, or to discuss a child's liver condition, or to make a patient referral.
Office hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
24-hour Emergency Referrals: 1-877-640-6746
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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