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Long-term Survival Possible for Pediatric Heart Transplant Patients - Newswise (press release)

Long-term Survival Possible for Pediatric Heart Transplant Patients - Newswise (press release) | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Via the Society of Thoracic Surgeons comes these two press releases on the long term outcomes of heart transplantation. 

 

In one study Hannah Copeland, MD and colleagues from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA, reviewed the medical charts of 337 pediatric heart transplant recipients. To read more click on the banner headline.

 

The second press release on the long term outcomes of adult heart transplant recipients can be viewed by clicking on the following link-

http://www.newswise.com/articles/heart-transplant-success-improving-patients-living-longer?ret=/articles/list&category=medicine&page=1&search%5Bstatus%5D=3&search%5Bsort%5D=date+desc&search%5Bsection%5D=10&search%5Bhas_multimedia%5D=

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

The outcomes following heart transplantation continue to improve with many patients now surviving up to 20 years following the procedure.

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For Lung Transplant, Researchers Surprised to Learn Bigger Appears to Be Better - Science Daily (press release)

For Lung Transplant, Researchers Surprised to Learn Bigger Appears to Be Better - Science Daily (press release) | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

For Lung Transplants, Researchers were Surprised to Learn that Bigger Appears to Be Better as reported via
Science Daily (press release)


To date the survival rates for lung transplants, unfortunately, are not as good as with other solid organ transplants like liver, kidney and heart. Hence researchers in the United States looked at data on the size of the donor lungs versus the size of the lung ransplant recipient to see what impact there was with size mismatching.

 

It appears that donor lungs that are slightly larger than the recipients normal lungs may confer a survival advantage over the recipient receiving lungs that are smaller than their own lungs.

Deborah Verran's insight:

An interesting result which may have implications for the allocation of donor lungs to prospective lung transplant recipients.

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Why a Woman's Heart May Be a Bad Fit for a Man - MedPage Today

Why a Woman's Heart May Be a Bad Fit for a Man - MedPage Today | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report of an analysis of heart transplant outcomes posted online via MedPage Today reveals some interesting results.

 

Although differences in body mass between the donor and the recipient were not predictive of survival after heart transplantation, differences in the predicted heart mass using specific equations were related to survival up to 5 years...

Deborah Verran's insight:

The 'size matching' of donor hearts to recpient body frame rather than recipient body mass index appears to be extremely important based on the data from this research analysis

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