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Heart Transplants in Children

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Orthotopic cardiac transplantation is the process of removing a person's failing heart and replacing it with a suitable donor heart from a person who has been declared clinically brain dead.

Orthotopic refers to placing the new heart in the chest and contrasts the procedure from "heterotopic" transplantation (placing the transplanted heart elsewhere in the body but keeping the patient’s original heart in place).

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Description of Heart Transplantation

Risks and Complications

Preparing Your Child

Potential Heart Transplant Candidate

Heart Transplant Process

Success

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Last Updated: 11/2013