14th message board posting from a person awaiting
transplant at UCSF was brought to my attention. I have
not seen the
letter in question but am inquiring about it to ensure
we respond --
perhaps a response has already gone out.
For the general interest of forum readers, there may
be some misunderstanding of the roles of the transplant
center and UNOS. The
transplant center determines whether to accept any particular
living donor. The UNOS allocation system becomes involved
the center has agreed to list a patient for a deceased
UNOS is not involved in any determinations of who can
be a suitable
living donor for a given patient, although once living
occur UNOS maintains data on the transplant and the outcome
The MELD scoring system uses common, objective laboratory
assess a patient's risk of short-term death without a
As the poster noted, the minimum (least urgent) MELD score
is 8; the
maximum (most urgent) is 40, and thus far many liver transplant
candidates have been transplanted with scores above 20.
address the assertion that a minimum score of 10 is required
transplant listing. This may be a decision of the specific
center but is not UNOS policy.
The UNOS web site contains information about MELD and
formula for children known as PELD.