Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Pre-Transplant Evaluation


The pre-transplant evaluation enables the transplant team and other specialists to perform a complete assessment on your child to determine if liver transplant is the best option. This pre-transplant evaluation takes about two to three days. It will include clinic visits, blood work, and other diagnostic testing.

During the pre-transplant evaluation, your family will receive an education binder leading you through the transplant process. This is also your opportunity to ask questions, get to know the team, and learn more about our liver transplant program.

Who you will meet

During the pre-transplant evaluation you and your child will meet with many members of our team. It is helpful to write down questions that are important to you and bring them to the evaluation.

These are some of the people you will meet:

  • A hepatologist, transplant nurse practitioner, and liver transplant coordinator, who will meet with you to discuss your child’s history, current status, and guide you through the pre-transplant evaluation.
  • A transplant surgeon, who will talk to you about the transplant procedure and its risks and benefits.
  • A transplant pharmacist, who will go over current medications and discuss medication related to the transplant.
  • An anesthesiologist and an anesthesia nurse practitioner, who will review your child's medical history and physical status, and discuss general aspects of anesthesia for liver transplantation.
  • A social worker, who will interview your family to understand your needs.
  • A Child Life specialist, who will explain your upcoming hospital experience and discuss how they can help your child cope during the liver transplant process.
  • A nutritionist, who will meet to discuss your child’s nutrition and dietary needs.
  • A financial counselor, who will review your insurance benefits and answer any questions regarding the financial aspects of liver transplant surgery.
  • Other specialists deemed necessary for the appropriate work-up of your child

Common medical or lab tests

  • Blood and urine tests
  • An EKG and/or echocardiogram to check your child's heart.
  • A chest X-ray
  • A CT scan of the liver
  • Lung function tests

All test results and recommendations of the team will be shared with you and your referring physician.

What to bring to the evaluation

Most of the time, our office will obtain all medical records, including imaging, immunization records, and dental clearance in advance of your pre-transplant evaluation. The following is a list of items to bring with you to the pre-transplant evaluation:

  • Complete immunization or "shot" record
  • A letter from your dentist clearing your child for surgery
  • Your child's twenty-four-hour urine collection, if you were asked to obtain it
  • Your child's medication bottles
  • Addresses and phone numbers of other doctors involved in your child's care
  • A list of your questions
  • Consider bringing another family member to take notes and watch your child
  • Toys and games to keep your children occupied during down time
  • Extra diapers and formula for infants
  • Stuffed animals, blankets, snacks or comfort items to help your child during tests


Last Edited: November 2, 2016
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