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If it seems like a liver transplant might be an option for your child, we’ll ask you to come to the hospital for an informational visit. Your family will meet our transplant team, and you’ll be invited to ask questions and share any concerns you may have. We encourage you to bring family members to this meeting.
If you and the transplant team agree that a liver transplant is an appropriate option, your child will be scheduled for an evaluation. This is necessary so that we can:
The evaluation is usually completed in two days in the outpatient department.
Who will we meet with during the transplant evaluation?
A transplant is a complex procedure that involves many medical specialties, so your family will meet Boston Children’s Hospital experts from a number of different areas, including:
If your child has any other medical problems such as a lung condition (e.g. asthma or cystic fibrosis) or heart disease, other specialists may be included to fully assess your child’s
What tests are used during the evaluation?
Your child’s specialists will order different tests to rule out infections, determine functionality of organs and make sure a donor match is compatible. These types of tests may include:
2. A skin test or other test for tuberculosis (TB) if this has not already been done by your child’s physician. In this test, a doctor or nurse injects a small amount of testing fluid just under the skin on the under side of your child’s forearm. After two or three days, the test is checked. If a certain size bump has developed, the test may be positive for TB exposure or infection.
3. Other kinds of tests
After these consultations and tests, our transplant team will meet as a group to determine whether your child is a good candidate for a liver transplant and to determine the best time for your child to be placed on the transplant waiting list. Our multidisciplinary approach to care ensures that your child’s case will be given thoughtful discussion of every treatment possibility.
If your child is a transplant candidate, we’ll make sure your family is fully educated about the risks and benefits, and your child will be placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waiting list. You will receive notification verbally and in writing when this happens.
To speak with a member of our Liver Transplant Team, please call: 617-35-LIVER.
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