Key Points

  • 1
    The PELD score accurately predicts the 3 month probability of waiting list death for children with chronic liver disease.
  • 2
    Comparing pre and post PELD and MELD implementation, the percent of children receiving deceased donor livers increased and the percent of children dying on the list decreased after PELD/MELD implementation.
  • 3
    Excluding children transplanted at status 1, the largest percentage of children are transplanted at a PELD score < 10.
  • 4
    Before MELD/PELD 48% of all children receiving deceased donor organs were transplanted at status 1, compared to 41% in the PELD/MELD era. Wide regional variation occurs. (Liver Transpl 2004;10:S23–S30.)