Operative Techniques and Pitfalls in Donor Heart-Lung Procurement

M. Salna, Y. Shudo, Y. J. Woo

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Background: Heart-lung transplantation is a well-established therapeutic modality for concomitant end-stage heart and lung failure. With growing organ scarcity, the rates of these transplants are declining, and center experience is waning. Methods: With over 35 years of experience performing heart-lung transplantation, we describe our procurement protocol herein, as well as offer suggestions to avoid potential pitfalls in order to ensure technical excellence in harvesting these valuable grafts. Results: Procurement issues most commonly arise with organ preservation and inadvertent damage to structures that are difficult to fully visualize. Conclusions: En-bloc heart-lung procurement can be taught effectively and safely to trainees with an emphasis on avoiding common pitfalls that may compromise graft function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3111-3112
Number of pages2
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


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