The Korean Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care

Categories of Life-Limiting Conditions.

1Life-threatening conditions for which curative treatment may be feasible but can failCancer, organ failures of heart, liver, kidney, transplant and children on long-term ventilation
2Conditions where premature death is inevitableCystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and SMA type 1
3Progressive conditions without curative treatment optionsBatten Disease, Mucopolysaccharidoses and other severe metabolic conditions.
4Irreversible but non-progressive conditions causing severe disability, leading to susceptibility to health complications and likelihood of premature deathSevere cerebral palsy, complex disabilities such as following brain or spinal cord injury.

Source: Together for Short Lives, A Guide to Children’s Palliative Care; Supporting babies, children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families [Internet]. Bristol: Together for short lives; 2018 [cited 2019 Jan 11]. Available from:

Korean J Hosp Palliat Care 2019;22:105~116
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