The postoperative Model for End stage Liver Disease score as a predictor of short-term outcome after transplantation of extended criteria donor livers

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Recently, the postoperative Model for End stage Liver Disease score (POPMELD) was suggested as a definition of postoperative graft dysfunction and a predictor of outcome after liver transplantation (LT).


The aim of the present study was to validate this concept in the context of extended criteria donor (ECD) organs.

Patients and methods

Single-center prospectively collected data (OPAL study/01/11-12/13) of 116 ECD LTs were utilized. For each recipient, the Model for End stage Liver Disease (MELD) score was calculated for 7 postoperative days (PODs). The ability of international normalized ratio, bilirubin, aspartate aminotransferase, Donor Risk Index, a recent definition of early allograft dysfunction, and the POPMELD was compared to predict 90-day graft loss. Predictive abilities were compared by receiver operating characteristic curves, sensitivity and specificity, and positive and negative predictive values.


The median Donor Risk Index was 1.8. In all, 60.3% of recipients were men [median age of 54 (23–68) years]. The median POD1–7 peak-aspartate aminotransferase value was 1052 (194–17 577) U/l. The rate of early allograft dysfunction was 22.4%. The 90-day graft survival was 89.7%. Out of possible predictors of the 90-day graft loss MELD on POD5 was the best predictor of outcome (area under the curve=0.84). A MELD score of 16 or more on POD5 predicted the 90-day graft loss with a specificity of 80.8%, a sensitivity of 81.8%, and a positive and negative predictive value of 31 and 97.7%.


A MELD score of 16 or more on POD5 is an excellent predictor of outcome in ECD donor LT. Routine evaluation of POPMELD scores might support clinical decision-making and should be reported routinely in clinical trials.

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