Outcome for Pediatric Recipients of Macrosteatotic Liver Grafts From Living Donors

Rie Irie, Atsuko Nakazawa, Seisuke Sakamoto, Masahiro Takeda, Yusuke Yanagi, Seiichi Shimizu, Hajime Uchida, Akinari Fukuda, Mureo Kasahara

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In deceased donor liver transplantation, a donor liver with moderate (>30%) macrosteatosis used to be considered inappropriate for grafting. We examined the outcomes of children who underwent living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) at the National Center for Child Health and Development whose donor livers had moderate-to-severe macrosteatosis. Twelve children were enrolled who had received a moderate-to-severe macrosteatotic liver graft and underwent liver biopsy soon after LDLT. The primary diseases were biliary atresia in 7 patients, acute liver failure in 3 patients, glycogen storage disease type 1 in 1 patient, and primary sclerosing cholangitis in 1 patient. Median age was 11 months. There were 4 recipients who received grafts from their fathers, and 8 received grafts from their mothers. Median donor age was 35.5 years. We compared the degree of donor liver steatosis with the results of graft liver biopsies that were collected 4-105 days after LDLT. The levels of donor liver macrovesicular steatosis were moderate (34%-66%) in 9 patients and severe (>66%) in 3 patients. The nonalcoholic fatty liver disease activity score was 3 in 7 patients and 4 in 5 patients. Shortly after LDLT, 11 of 12 patients showed improvement in steatosis compared with the donor livers. One biopsy specimen taken 22 days after LDLT showed 60% macrosteatosis, which was the same as that in the donor liver. However, this patient was alive and well 6 years after LDLT. One patient died after LDLT because of infection and respiratory failure. The levels of steatosis of the donor liver grafts improved soon after LDLT in children, and the outcomes of children receiving a moderate-to-severe macrosteatotic liver from their parents were excellent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)899-905
Number of pages7
JournalLiver Transplantation
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Hepatology
  • Transplantation


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