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Pitt-UPMC exploring way to keep donated livers viable longer via machine preservation

Pitt-UPMC exploring way to keep donated livers viable longer via machine preservation | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Livers and other organs begin lacking oxygen the moment they are removed from the organ donor and hence may have sustained damage by the time a transplant occurs.

 

In cases where the circulation to the liver has ceased for a period of time prior to its removal from the organ donor, the damage to the liver can be greater.

 

This report outlines the use of a liver preservation machine that was initially developed in Europe as part of ongoing research efforts into the optimal method of preserving donor livers. To read more on this story click on the banner headline.

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The preservation machine featured in this article is one of two that have initially been developed in Europe. It is now being used in preliminary trials by some liver transplant programmes around the world. Data on liver transplant outcomes utilizing this technology are expected to be available in another 1-2 years. 

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TransMedics keeps donor hearts beating en route to transplant patients - Al Jazeera America (blog)

TransMedics keeps donor hearts beating en route to transplant patients - Al Jazeera America (blog) | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The new TransMedics OCS device keeps donor hearts beating en route to transplant patients

"A human organ has never been kept alive outside of a human body until this machine became a clinical reality,"

 

For a description of this new technology, along with images as well as video footage from the University of California Los Angeles heart transplant programme, click on the banner headline.

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This new technology may also allow for the transport of donated hearts across wider geographic regions than is possible currently.

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