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AbstractThis study aimed to establish a better candidacy protocol for pediatric heart transplant patients at the University of Arizona Medical Center through a retrospective chart review of pediatric heart transplants held there between the years of 2004 -2009. Sequential patterns related to noncompliance investigated included patient and guardian demographics and past medical, familial, social and psychiatric history. Trends between gender and noncompliance were found as 5/5 noncompliant rejectors were male. Four out of the 5 were between the ages of 16.5 and 21 years old. Seventy percent of medication changes due to medication intolerance were associated with noncompliance. Patients with family members currently or previously suffering from life-threatening illnesses (7/16) had a greater likelihood of having subtherapeutic immunosuppressive trough levels. Of noncompliant rejectors, 4/5 (80%) had a duration of illness prior to transplant > than 6 months. Also, 4/4 patients with pre-transplant depression experienced rejection and 2/4 were noncompliant rejectors.
Degree ProgramGraduate College