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Changes in life-style after liver transplantation

Zitelli, BJ and Miller, JW and Carlton Gartner, J and Malatack, JJ and Urbach, AH and Belle, SH and Williams, L and Kirkpatrick, B and Starzl, TE (1988) Changes in life-style after liver transplantation. Pediatrics, 82 (2). 173 - 180. ISSN 0031-4005

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Sixty-five pediatric patients who received liver transplants between May 1981 and May 1984 were observed for as many as 5 years and examined for changes in life-style. Children were less frequently hospitalized, spent less time hospitalized, required fewer medications, and generally had excellent liver and renal function after hepatic transplantation as compared with their pretransplantation status. Most children were in age-appropriate and standard school classes or were only 1 year behind. Cognitive abilities remained unchanged. Children improved in gross motor function and patients' behavior significantly improved according to parents' perceptions. Enuresis was more prevalent, however, than in the population of children who had not received liver transplants. Parental divorce rates were no greater than those reported for other families with chronically ill children. Overall, objective changes in life-style as well as parents' perceptions of behavior of children appear to be improved after liver transplantation.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Zitelli, BJ
Miller, JW
Carlton Gartner, J
Malatack, JJ
Urbach, AH
Belle, SHbelle@edc.pitt.eduSBELLE
Williams, L
Kirkpatrick, B
Starzl, TEtes11@pitt.eduTES11
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute
Date: 1 January 1988
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Pediatrics
Volume: 82
Number: 2
Page Range: 173 - 180
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0031-4005
Other ID: uls-drl:31735062129733, Starzl CV No. 822
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2010 17:14
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:55


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