MELD / PELD, Child-Pugh
Hepatic Dysfunction Calculators

Updated April 5, 2014
Author: VerLee

Description: Calculators to assess mortality in patients with hepatic dysfunction

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The Model for End-Stage Liver Disease, or MELD, is a scoring system for assessing the severity of chronic liver disease in persons over the age of 12 years. It was initially developed to predict death within three months of surgery in patients who had undergone a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) procedure, and was subsequently found to be useful in determining prognosis and prioritizing for receipt of a liver transplant.

This score is now used by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) for prioritizing allocation of liver transplants instead of the older Child-Pugh score.

The PELD scoring system is a disease severity scoring system for children under 12 years of age.

MELD Calculator as originally developed at Mayo Clinic

To determine the risk of post-operative mortality for all types of major surgery, especially gastro-intestinal, orthopedic and cardiac surgery (includes open-heart procedures)

MELD Calculator Link

MELD Calculator as modified by UNOS

MELD (UNOS) Calculator Link

MELD score interpretation

Child-Pugh Calculator

Child-Pugh Calculator Link

Interpretation of Child-Pugh Score