Pediatric Liver Transplant Process

Pre-transplant evaluation

Before your child is approved for a pediatric liver transplant, he will undergo a pre-transplant evaluation—a series of tests that may include a routine medical exam, blood tests, imaging tests, breathing tests and other evaluations. 

If your child meets all of the standards from the pre-transplant evaluation and the child, family and liver transplant team decide that a pediatric liver transplant is the best option, the next step is to place your child’s name on the United Network for Organ Sharing wait list.

During this time, the liver transplant team will decide if there are living donors who may be a good match for your child.

Liver transplant

A liver transplant provides your child with a healthy liver from a donor. The donor is a person who gives your child a liver. There are two main types of liver transplants, a deceased donor and living donor.

  • A deceased donor transplant provides your child with a liver from a person who has recently died. This is the most common type of liver transplant. To receive a deceased donor liver, you child is placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) list.
  • A living donor is a person who gives your child part of his liver. The liver is the only organ that can grow back. When doctors remove part of a donor’s liver, the rest will grow back within a few weeks.

After the liver transplant

A liver transplant changes the life of your child and your family. Our team is here to listen to your concerns and help you in any way that they can. Learn more about what to expect after your child's liver transplant.