UCSF: Babies do well with mother's liver grafts

January 4, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Research out of UCSF finds babies needing liver transplants do better when they receive liver graft transplants from their mothers, instead of their fathers.

UCSF doctors reviewed all pediatric liver transplants performed in the U.S. between 1996 and 2010.

They found the failure rate for maternal transplants was just above three-and-half percent, while it was more than ten percent for paternal transplants.

Researchers believe the presence of maternal cells in the child's liver might lower the rejection rate.