Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Waiting for a Liver Transplant


After your pre-transplant evaluation, the transplant team meets to determine whether your child is ready for a liver transplant. Part of the listing process involves obtaining pre-approval from your insurance carrier. However, no child is denied liver transplant surgery based on financial status or background. Once approved and ready, your child will be placed on the national waiting list.

Patients on the national waiting list are assigned a score that prioritizes the need for transplant. Children under the age of 12 are assigned a PELD (Pediatric End-stage Liver Disease) score and children 12 and older are assigned a MELD (Model for End-stage Liver Disease) score. The factors that determine the “score” given to your child include age and the severity of their illness. For more information on UNOS MELD/PELD scoring follow the link below.

Questions and Answers for Transplant Candidates about MELD and PELD

The waiting time for a liver to become available varies greatly and depends on the health of your child and the availability of an appropriate organ. While waiting for a liver transplant, your child will be seen monthly by our hepatologist and other members of the transplant team. These clinic visits are important because they helps us determine how your child is doing and whether their condition is stable or worsening.

Last Edited: June 3, 2016
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