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Is an adult heart ever transplanted into a child?
Will they put an adult heart in a child and if so will the heart grow? If they do put an adult heart in a child, what happens to the heart and the child?
submitted by Jeana from Nebraska on 7/7/2011
by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Roberta C. Bogaev, MD
Heart transplant donors are chosen based on matching the recipient's blood type. In addition, we accept a donor heart within 20% of the recipient's weight as well as height. In the last decade, I do not recall accepting a donor heart that is older than the recipient.
When pediatric donor hearts are placed into children, they will grow with the child. On rare occasions, we may place a large child's heart into a small adult. It performs well and does not increase in size. Thank you for contacting the Texas Heart Institute AAHD. Sincerely.
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Updated July 2011