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Volume: 6 Issue: 4 November 2008 - Supplement - 1

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QUALITY OF LIFE AND SCHOOL PERFORMANCE AFTER LIVER TRANSPLANTATION IN CHILDREN

Liver transplantation is a procedure that can save and prolong the life of children with end-stage liver diseases. The aim of this study is to evaluate the quality of life and school performance of children who underwent liver transplantation. In this prospective study we evaluated 48 children (18 girls, 30 boys) with a mean age of 9.6 years (range: 1-18 year) who were alive at least one year after transplantation. The data was collected using a standard questionnaire filled by patients or their parents. Ninety-three percent of patients were alive one year after liver transplantation, and 68.7% of them had normal playing activity with their peers in the same age group. Out of 25 children who were at school age, 84% went to the school with good school performance, 64.6% of patients believed that they will have a normal life in the future and can get married. In this study we observed that the impact of transplantation on recipients’ quality of life is dramatic. The goal of liver transplantation is not only to ensure survival, but also offer patients the sort of healthy life they enjoyed before the disease, achieving a good balance between the functional efficacy of the graft and the patients’ psychological and physical integrity.



Volume : 6
Issue : 4
Pages : 73


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Shiraz Transplant Center, Namazi Hospital, and Transplantation Research center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran