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Pediatric Liver Transplants: Now With Less Blood Loss!

Wanderer, Jonathan P. MD, MPhil*; Nathan, Naveen MD

doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004395
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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (jon.wanderer@vanderbilt.edu)

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (n-nathan@northwestern.edu)

The Infographic is composed by Jonathan P. Wanderer, MD, MPhil, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (jon.wanderer@vanderbilt.edu), and Naveen Nathan, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (n-nathan@northwestern.edu). Illustration by Naveen Nathan, MD.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Pediatric liver transplantation can be a life-saving procedure that can extend both the quality and quantity of life for patients. Over the past decades, improvements in surgical technique, anesthetic approach, and perioperative management have decreased the risk associated with pediatric liver transplantation and improved patient outcomes. In this infographic, we compare patient and process outcomes for pediatric liver transplantation between a modern-day cohort and a historical cohort, highlighting specific technique improvements that were adopted during the intervening years that were associated with these improved results.

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