OPTN/SRTR 2011 Annual Data Report: Liver

W. R. Kim, P. G. Stock, J. M. Smith, J. K. Heimbach, M. A. Skeans, E. B. Edwards, A. M. Harper, J. J. Snyder, A. K. Israni, B. L. Kasiske

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The current liver allocation system, introduced in 2002, decreased the importance of waiting time for allocation priorities; the number of active wait-listed candidates and median waiting times were immediately reduced. However, the total number of adult wait-listed candidates has increased since 2002, and median waiting time has increased since 2006. Pretransplant mortality rates have been stable, but the number of candidates withdrawn from the list as being too sick to undergo transplant nearly doubled between 2009 and 2011. Deceased donation rates have remained sta-ble, with an increasing proportion of expanded criteria donors. Living donation has decreased over the past 10 years. Transplant outcomes remain robust, with continu-ously improving graft survival rates for deceased donor, living donor, and donation after circulatory death livers. Numbers of new and prevalent pediatric candidates on the waiting list have decreased. Pediatric pretransplant mortality has decreased, most dramatically for candidates aged less than 1 year. The transplant rate has increased since 2002, and is highest in candidates aged less than 1 year. Graft survival continues to improve for pediatric recipients of deceased donor and living donor livers. Inci-dence of acute rejections increases with time after transplant. Posttransplant lympho-proliferative disorder remains an important concern in pediatric recipients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-102
Number of pages30
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - 2013


  • Liver transplant
  • Model for end-stage liver disease
  • Pediatric end-stage liver disease
  • Transplant outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Transplantation
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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