Early graft function after pediatric liver transplantation: Comparison between in situ split liver grafts and living-related liver grafts
Inherent differences in both donor sources exist and account for differences seen in preoperative and intraoperative variables. Segmental grafts from LRD clearly performed better in the first week after transplantation as demonstrated by lower liver function variables and less graft loss to primary nonfunction. However, the intermediate function (7-30 days) of both grafts did not differ, and the early graft losses did not translate into patient death. Although minimal living-donor morbidity was seen in this series, the use of this donor type still carries a finite risk. We therefore will continue to use SLD as the primary graft source for pediatric patients awaiting liver transplantation.