Matching kids to right-sized hearts: New method shortens transplant waits
Children who need heart transplants can spend months or years waiting for a suitable donor heart. Fortunately, the pediatric cardiology team at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has a new strategy for shortening the wait. The technique enables children to accept larger donor hearts than doctors would have considered for them in the past. Traditionally, heart transplant teams made size-matching decisions on the basis of total body weight and height, but this method left children with few options.
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