Pediatric Liver Transplant Treatment and Options

Our Pediatric Liver Transplant Program uses a range of transplantation techniques that allow us to:

  • Provide your child with the best possible chance for a successful transplant
  • Minimize wait times
  • Increase the pool of donor organs available to all patients

We perform:

  • Full graft liver transplantation - The entire liver from a deceased donor is transplanted to a recipient of similar body size
  • Reduced-size liver transplantation - A liver from a larger donor is trimmed to fit a smaller recipient
  • Split liver transplantation - A large liver is split and shared between a small adult and a child
  • Living donor organ transplantation - A portion of a living adult donor’s liver is transplanted (below)
  • Combined solid organ transplantation – The liver and another solid organ(s) are transplanted (below)

Living donor liver transplants

The liver is the only solid organ that can grow and regenerate. Living Donor Liver Transplant (LDLT) is a procedure in which a healthy, living person donates a portion of his or her liver to another person. The donated portion is replaced by new, fully-functioning tissue within six to eight weeks.

According to Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) data from December 2015, children that underwent a living donor transplant had a 100% one-year post-transplant survival rate.

Potential donors can include parents, aunts, uncles, extended family and even close family friends. Donors will need to have a compatible blood type, active insurance and a primary care physician. To find out more information about the living donor program, please contact the Living Donor Coordinator at (650) 724-5672.

If you would like to pursue becoming a donor, please complete the online questionnaire to start the process and learn more. The questionnaire takes an average of 15 minutes to complete and must be completed in one sitting.

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If you have questions at any time, call our living donor team at (650) 498-7878.

Combined solid organ transplants

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford provides highly specialized care to expectant mothers and children with very serious illnesses. In addition to our liver transplant program, the hospital also provides kidney, intestinal, heart and lung transplants.

We work closely with all of the hospital’s transplant programs to provide combined solid organ transplants. We perform combined liver-kidney, liver-intestine, liver-heart and liver-lung transplants for a variety of illnesses in children.