A no-flush, core-cooling technique for successful cardiopulmonary preservation in heart-lung transplantation

G. J. Kontos, H. Adachi, A. M. Borkon, D. E. Cameron, W. A. Baumgartner, G. M. Hutchins, J. Brawn, B. A. Reitz

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In order to determine whether a no-flush, core-cooling technique could provide extended heart-lung preservation, we placed donor calves on cardiopulmonary bypass and instituted rapid cooling to 15°C during the continuous infusion of isoproterenol. The heart and lungs were harvested after the administration of a cardioplegic solution through the aortic root. In the control group (N = 5), heart and lungs were orthotopically allotransplanted immediately. In the preserved group (N = 5), heart and lungs were similarly excised but were stored in a normal saline bath at 4°C for approximately 4 hours and then transplanted. Both groups received isoproterenol during reperfusion and were studied for 6 hours after implantation. A load independent analysis of myocardial function was done bhy determining with a sonomicrometer the ratio of the end-systolic pressure to the end-systolic dimension. Pulmonary preservation was evaluated by measurement of extravascular lung water with a double-indicator dilution method, arterial oxygenation on 100% inspired oxygen, and serial lung biopsies. Myocardial and pulmonary function after 4 hours of static preservation was found to be similar to controls. No-flush, core-cooling with cardiopulmonary bypass provides adequate cardiorespiratory function after acute bovine heart-lung allotransplantation. With the use of this technique, successful extended cold ischemic cardiopulmonary preservation for heart-lung transplantation may be achieved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)836-842
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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