What is the difference in outcome between donation-after-cardiac death lung recipients and donation-after-brain-death lung recipients?

Updated: Aug 19, 2019
  • Author: Bryan A Whitson, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM  more...
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The early- and medium-term outcome in donation-after-cardiac-death lung recipients can be compared with that of donation-after-brain-death lung recipients. In a retrospective study comparing these two groups of recipients, there were no differences between groups with regard to patient characteristics, with the exception of a higher number of donation-after-cardiac death patients having obliterative bronchiolitis. The donor pool can safely be expanded by using lungs from donors after cardiac death. [36]


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