Delta MELD as a predictor of early outcome in adult-to-adult living donor liver transplantation
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CitationAcar, S., Akyıldız, M., Gürakar, A., Tokat, Y. ve Dayangaç, M. (2020). Delta MELD as a predictor of early outcome in adult-to-adult living donor liver transplantation. Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology, 31(11), 782-789. https://dx.doi.org/10.5152/tjg.2020.18761
Background/Alms: An increased post-operative mortality risk has been reported among patients who undergo living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) with higher model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) scores. In this study, we investigated the effect of MELD score reduction on post-operative outcomes in patients with a high MELD (>= 20) score by pre-transplant management.Materials and Methods: We retrospectively analyzed 386 LDLT cases, and patients were divided into low-MELD (<20, n=293) vs. high-MELD (>= 20, n=93) groups according to their MELD score at the time of index hospitalization. Patients in the high-MELD group were managed specifically according to a treatment algorithm in an effort to decrease the MELD score. Patients in the high-MELD group were further divided into 2 subgroups: (1) responders (n=34) to pre-transplant treatment with subsequent reduction of the MELD score by a minimum of I point vs. (2) non-responders (n=59), whose MELD score remained unchanged or further increased on the day of LDLT. Responders vs. non-responders were compared according to etiology, demographics, and survival.