Distant heart procurement for transplantation

Donald C. Watson, Bruce A. Reitz, William A. Baumgartner, Aidan A. Raney, Philip E. Oyer, Edward B. Stinson, Norman E. Shumway

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Between January 1, 1977, and September 15, 1978, 39 cardiac transplants were performed on 38 patients. Twenty donor hearts were removed at Stanford University Hospital, and 19 donor hearts were removed at distant hospitals. The characteristics of recipients and donors in both groups were similar. The only significant difference between donor hearts was the mean ischemia time (154 ± 30 minutes in distant hearts and 52 ± 12 minutes in local hearts, P < 0.001). As of February 1, 1979, the total mortality rate was 32% for the distant heart donors and 40% for the local heart donors. No difference between the two groups was present in immediate myocardial function, the need for postoperative inotropic support, the mortality rate within the first 90 days after operation, the mean maximum serum enzyme levels, the occurrence of rejection or infection, and the histological appearance of the hearts, both early and late. The results of cardiac transplantation when hearts are removed at distant hospitals are entirely comparable to the results with hearts removed on site with a minimum ischemic time. Distant heart procurement provides an expanded donor pool for potential cardiac recipients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-59
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1979
Externally publishedYes

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  • Surgery


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