Assessment of living donors with respect to pre- and posttransplant psychosocial properties and posttransplant family functioning in pediatric liver transplantation

Gokce S., Durmaz O. , Gursu G. P. , Aydogan A., Celtik C., Ozden I., ...Daha Fazla

TURKISH JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY, cilt.22, ss.36-41, 2011 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 22 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2011
  • Doi Numarası: 10.4318/tjg.2011.0154
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.36-41


Background/aims: We aimed in this study to investigate pre- and posttransplant clinical and psychosocial features of the donors and the effects of living-related liver transplantation and possible relevant factors on psychosocial outcome and family functioning. Methods: Thirty-two living donors (19 females, age 31.84 +/- 7.10 years) were evaluated. Medical records of donors regarding pre- and posttransplant clinical and psychological features and family life were evaluated. Results: The donors were parents (n=28, 87.6%) in most. In the pretransplant evaluation, 5 donors (19.3%) had anxiety regarding postoperative complications and quality of life. Donors were discharged from the hospital in a median of 7 days (range, 5-30 days). Return to work and feeling of complete well-being were accomplished in a median of 4 weeks (range, 1-32 weeks) and 10 weeks (range, 4-48 weeks), respectively. Sixteen recipients (50.0%) suffered from major complications, and 3 (9.4%) required invasive intervention. Fourteen donors (43.4%) reported pain around the surgical incision and nonspecific gastrointestinal problems postoperatively. Psychological problems were observed in 8 donors (25.0%); 2 (6.3%) had depression requiring drug and psychotherapeutic intervention. Psychological disruption was found to be correlated with the presence of problems in the recipient (p < 0.01, r=0.487). The donors' relationship with the recipient was negatively affected in 1 (3.1%), but improved in 15 (46.9%) cases. Nine donors (34.6%) displayed nervous behavior toward their spouses, and 2 (7.7%) later divorced. Life of the other family members was negatively affected in 8 (30.7%). Two donors' spouses (7.7%) failed to carry out domestic responsibilities. Conclusions: Psychological disturbance and abnormal family functioning are frequently observed during the posttransplant period. Therefore, psychologic assessment and evaluation of family functioning should be regularly repeated during the posttransplant period.