Commentary: The importance and treachery of patient selection for neonatal heart transplant

  • David P. Bichell
    Address for reprints: David P. Bichell, MD, Monroe Carell Jr Children's Hospital, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 5247 Doctors' Office Tower, 2200 Children's Way, Nashville, TN 37232-9292.
    Department of Cardiac Surgery, Monroe Carell Jr Children's Hospital, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn
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Published:February 04, 2021DOI:
      Despite excellent transplantation outcomes, an improved mechanical bridge, and donor pool expansion, identifying which neonates will not do well with any approach remains a most important priority.
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      • Neonatal heart transplant outcomes: A single institutional experience
        The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular SurgeryVol. 162Issue 5
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          Neonatal orthotopic heart transplantation was introduced in the 1980s as a treatment for complex congenital heart disease. Progress in single-ventricle palliation and biventricular correction has resulted in a decline in neonatal heart transplant volume. However, limited reports on neonatal heart transplants have demonstrated favorable outcomes. We report the long-term outcomes of patients with neonatal heart transplants at our institution spanning nearly 30 years.
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