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Psychiatric Issues in Pediatric Organ Transplantation

Authors
Journal
Pediatric Clinics of North America
0031-3955
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
58
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.pcl.2011.06.011
Keywords
  • Child
  • Adolescent
  • Transplant
  • Psychiatric
Disciplines
  • Medicine
  • Philosophy

Abstract

Solid organ transplantation has become the first line of treatment for a growing number of life-threatening pediatric illnesses. With improved survival, research into the long-term outcome of transplant recipients has become important to clinicians. Adherence to medical instructions remains a challenge, particularly in the adolescent population. New immunosuppressant approaches promise to expand organ transplantation in additional directions. Extension of transplantation into replacement of organs such as faces and hands raises complex ethical issues.

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