Background: Living related liver transplantation (LRLT) has become established for treating children with end-stage liver disease. The aim of this study was to review a single-centre experience of left lateral segment liver transplants from living donors in children.
Methods: Fifty left lateral segment LRLT procedures have been performed since 1993. There were 17 girls and 33 boys, of median age 1.5 years (range 0.5 to 13 years), with a median weight of 10 (range 0.7-44) kg. Donors included 23 mothers, 26 fathers and one uncle, with a median age of 33 (range 19-46) years.
Results: At a median follow-up of 86 months, there was no donor mortality and low morbidity. Patient and graft survival rates were 98, 96 and 96 per cent, and 98, 96 and 93 per cent at 1, 3 and 5 years respectively. Three children had a second transplant at a median of 9 years after the first. The incidence of hepatic artery thrombosis, portal vein thrombosis and biliary complications was 6, 4 and 14 per cent respectively.
Conclusion: Living related liver transplantation has good long-term results in children.
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