Who Needs Transplantation?

General Criteria

Transplantation is provided as an option only after all other medical and surgical therapies that might be expected to yield both short and long-term survival, have been considered or exhausted. The patient selection criteria for transplantation is based upon:

  • A critical medical need for transplantation
  • Maximum likelihood of a successful clinical outcome

The patients considered for transplantation must have a poor prognosis, but must have no other end stage organ failure.  Moreover, both a complete physical and psycho-social evaluation is conducted to ascertain the patient and caregiver’s ability for long-term adherence to a disciplined medical regimen, which is feasible and realistic for the individual patient.

Who Needs Transplantation?
Referral for Care
Evaluation
 After Acceptance
After Discharge
Support Organizations

Criteria for Cardiac Transplant

The criteria for selecting cardiac transplant candidates includes infants, children, and adolescents with:

  1. Cardiomyopathy that is unresponsive to medical therapy in the cases of:
    • Viral
    • Ischemic
    • Familial
    • Idiopathic
    • Metabolic
    • Hypertrophic
    • Drug induced
  2. Severe congenital cardiac malformation (palliated or unoperated), with a failing myocardium
  3. Graft failure following previous transplantation