Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities as organ transplantation recipients

COMMITTEE ON BIOETHICS, Council on Children With Disabilities

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Abstract

The demand for transplantable solid organs far exceeds the supply of deceased donor organs. Patient selection criteria are determined by individual transplant programs; given the scarcity of solid organs for transplant, allocation to those most likely to benefit takes into consideration both medical and psychosocial factors. Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities have historically been excluded as potential recipients of organ transplants. When a transplant is likely to provide significant health benefits, denying a transplant to otherwise eligible children with disabilities may constitute illegal and unjustified discrimination. Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities should not be excluded from the potential pool of recipients and should be referred for evaluation as recipients of solid organ transplants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20200625
JournalPediatrics
Volume145
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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