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Morbidity and mortality of live lung donation: Results from the RELIVE Study
American Journal of Transplantation (login required)
The Renal and Lung Living Donors Evaluation Study assesses outcomes of live lung (lobectomy) donors. This is a retrospective cohort study at University of Southern California (USC) and Washington University (WASHU) Medical Centers (1993–2006), using medical records to assess morbidity and national databases to ascertain postdonation survival and lung transplantation. Serious complications were defined as those that required significant treatment, were potentially life-threatening or led to prolonged hospitalization.
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ASTS at WTC
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There are several events to keep in mind at the World Transplant Congress in San Francisco. And don't forget to stop by the ASTS booth to pick up your copy of the 40th anniversary book!
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Congratulations to grant recipients
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ASTS congratulates the recipients of its 2014 Research Grants, announced today at the World Transplant Congress. Read about these researchers and their current projects at http://asts.org/grants-and-research/grants/grant-recipients.
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Help fund the future!
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The ASTS Foundation Fund the Future Campaign has a goal of raising $100,000 to fund research grants. We need your help! Please consider donating any amount.
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Study: Split liver transplants as successful as whole organ transplants
Fox News
Of the nearly 16,000 people on waiting lists for a liver transplant, approximately 10 percent die before they are chosen for surgery. One solution for this organ shortage is a split liver transplant, where the donor liver is divided and transplanted into two patients. And now, new research from the Cleveland Clinic has found that this split-liver technique has a five-year survival rate comparable to that of whole liver surgery.
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MRSA and VRE colonization in solid organ transplantation: A meta-analysis of published studies
American Journal of Transplantation (login required)
The burden of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE) colonization among the increasing number of solid organ transplant patients has not been systematically explored. The authors searched PubMed and EMBASE for pertinent articles, performed a meta-analysis of prevalence across eligible studies and estimated the risk of ensuing MRSA or VRE infections relative to colonization status.
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Super-cooled livers could bring new flexibility to organ transplants
Los Angeles Times
In liver transplantation, the biggest inequity is geographic. When organs become available, they are generally offered first to patients nearby. A big part of the reason is that once a liver is harvested from a cadaver, it remains viable for no more than 12 hours. As a result, waiting times vary dramatically across the country, depending on supply and demand. Now a group of Harvard University researchers has come up with a preservation technique that could one day allow livers to be shared more easily around the world.
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Predictors of hospital length of stay after implantation of a left ventricular assist device: An analysis of the INTERMACS registry
The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation (login required)
Few studies have reported on hospital length of stay (LOS) after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. The purpose of this study was to determine pre- and peri-operative predictors of hospital LOS after LVAD implantation. Researchers analyzed adult primary continuous-flow LVAD patients implanted between June 23, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2010, at 105 institutions from the Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS). Retrospective analyses included measures of central tendency, frequencies, correlations and stepwise multivariable regression modeling.
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Lung transplantation following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: report of 2 cases and systematic review of literature
Clinical Transplantation (login required)
Non-infectious pulmonary complications following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation are major cause of morbidity and mortality with limited treatment options. Lung transplantation has been rarely reported as a treatment option for selected HSCT recipients with these problems.
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1st patient in US implanted with Hemolung before lifesaving double lung transplant
Medical Xpress
Suffering from cystic fibrosis and rejecting the transplanted lungs he had gotten just two years ago, Jon Sacker, 33, came to UPMC from his hometown in Moore, Oklahoma, as a last resort. But when his carbon dioxide levels spiked, making him too sick for another transplant, his family feared the worst. Instead, UPMC clinicians turned to a Pittsburgh-made device called the Hemolung Respiratory Assist System that would filter out harmful carbon dioxide and provide healthy oxygen to his blood, giving Sacker a chance to gain enough strength to undergo a lifesaving transplant.
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