Usefulness of routine surveillance biopsies in children more than one year after orthotopic heart transplantation

Am J Cardiol. 2001 Mar 1;87(5):667-8, A11. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9149(00)01454-5.


This retrospective study examines the usefulness of routine biopsies following the first year after transplant. This study found that routine biopsies detect few episodes of rejection in the first year after transplant and were less useful than nonroutine biopsies.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Biopsy
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Endocardium / pathology*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Graft Rejection / pathology*
  • Heart Transplantation / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Myocardium / pathology*