Q) The significance of MELD Scoring in Liver transplant is :
a) Less ill patients are given more priority in liver transplant
b) Set threshold for patients who are too ill to undergo transplant.
c) To access mortality in the waiting list.
d) To list patients in cadaveric deceased donor program
MELD score takes into account three factors. Bilirubin, INR and creatinine. Recently MELD Na is also included. Model for end stage Liver Disease (MELD) was initially developed to evaluate three months prognosis in patients undergoing TIPS. It ranges from 6 (3 months survival = 90%) to 40 (3 months survival =7%).
In countries where DDLT is more common MELD Score is used to allot grafts to people in the cadaveric list. More severe is the MELD, earlier is the allotment of cadaveric graft.