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How does the liver transplant waiting list work?

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Each person on the waiting list is given a priority score based on three simple blood tests: creatinine, bilirubin, and INR. The score is known as the MELD (model of end-stage liver disease) score in adults and PELD (pediatric end-stage liver disease) in children.

People with the highest scores and acute liver failure are given the highest priority for liver transplantation. As they become more ill, their scores rise and their priority for transplant goes up, so that the sickest patients get transplants first.

From: Liver Transplantation WebMD Medical Reference

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The American Liver Foundation. 

Sotiropoulos GC. 2009; 87(11): 1672-1680. Transplantation,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 12, 2018

SOURCE: 

The American Liver Foundation. 

Sotiropoulos GC. 2009; 87(11): 1672-1680. Transplantation,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 12, 2018

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