ISHLT consensus statement on donor organ acceptability and management in pediatric heart transplantation

Richard Kirk, Anne I. Dipchand, Ryan R. Davies, Oliver Miera, Gretchen Chapman, Jennifer Conway, Susan Denfield, Jeffrey G. Gossett, Jonathan Johnson, Michael McCulloch, Martin Schweiger, Daniel Zimpfer, László Ablonczy, Iki Adachi, Dimpna Albert, Peta Alexander, Shahnawaz Amdani, Antonio Amodeo, Estela Azeka, Jean BallwegGary Beasley, Jens Böhmer, Alison Butler, Manuela Camino, Javier Castro, Sharon Chen, Maryanne Chrisant, Urs Christen, Lara Danziger-Isakov, Bibhuti Das, Melanie Everitt, Brian Feingold, Matthew Fenton, Luis Garcia-Guereta, Justin Godown, Dipankar Gupta, Claire Irving, Anna Joong, Mariska Kemna, Sanjeev Kumar Khulbey, Steven Kindel, Kenneth Knecht, Ashwin K. Lal, Kimberly Lin, Karen Lord, Thomas Möller, Deipanjan Nandi, Oliver Niesse, David M. Peng, Alicia Pérez-Blanco, Ann Punnoose, Zdenka Reinhardt, David Rosenthal, Angie Scales, Janet Scheel, Renata Shih, Jonathan Smith, Jacqueline Smits, Josef Thul, Robert Weintraub, Steve Zangwill, Warren A. Zuckerman

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The number of potential pediatric heart transplant recipients continues to exceed the number of donors, and consequently the waitlist mortality remains significant. Despite this, around 40% of all donated organs are not used and are discarded. This document (62 authors from 53 institutions in 17 countries) evaluates factors responsible for discarding donor hearts and makes recommendations regarding donor heart acceptance. The aim of this statement is to ensure that no usable donor heart is discarded, waitlist mortality is reduced, and post-transplant survival is not adversely impacted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-341
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2020


  • discard
  • donor
  • heart transplant
  • pediatric
  • refusal
  • waitlist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Transplantation


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