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J Korean Soc Transplant 2019; 33(1): 1-5

Published online March 31, 2019

https://doi.org/10.4285/jkstn.2019.33.1.1

© The Korean Society for Transplantation

Pediatric liver transplantation in Korea: long-term outcomes and allocations

Sanghoon Lee, Suk-Koo Lee

Department of Surgery, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Correspondence to: Suk-Koo Lee, Department of Surgery, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 81 Irwon-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 06351, Korea
Tel: +82-2-3410-3477, Fax: +82-2-3410-0040 E-mail: sukkoo.lee@samsung.com

Received: February 10, 2019; Accepted: March 27, 2019

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Pediatric liver transplantation has evolved into an effective treatment for a variety of liver diseases in the pediatric population. Over the past 25 years, pediatric liver transplantation results in Korea have matched international standards, and Korea has become one of the most important leaders in living donor liver transplantation. This review presents the cumulative outcomes of pediatric liver transplants in Korea and highlights other concerns related to pediatric liver transplantation, particularly pediatric liver allocation policy and split liver transplantation.

Keywords: Pediatric, Liver transplantation, Allocation