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Walter Reed joins National Kidney Exchange pool    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Department of Defense's American Forces Press Service issued the following news release: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is the first military hospital to join and participate in a national network of civilian centers for a kidney transplant exchange, the chief of the center's Army-Navy Transplant Program said. More


Director, HRSA DoT retiring
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Richard Durbin will soon be retiring from his position as Director of the HRSA Division of Transplantation. ASTS thanks Mr. Durbin for all his hard work to benefit the field of transplantation and applauds his many accomplishments. The job posting for this position is available at Interested applicants must apply by Oct. 11, 2012.

ASTS tools to help with reimbursement
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The ASTS Reimbursement Committee has released a Professional Coding Guide and Major Complicating Co-Morbidities (MCC) Worksheet. The coding guide will help make sure you are properly compensated and receive Relative Value Unit credit for all the work you do, while the MCC Worksheet serves as a handy reference for commonly seen diagnoses related to transplantation. ASTS committees are constantly working on tools to support the field of transplantation. If you have suggestions or comments, please email

Upcoming meetings and events this fall
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For upcoming meetings and events of interest to the transplantation community, check out the ASTS Calendar of Events.


Tampa General buys homes for temporary use by transplant patients
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Transplant patients at Tampa General Hospital who aren't quite ready to go home but don't need inpatient care have a new place to live: two houses the hospital purchased in the surrounding neighborhood. More

Long-term transplant failure study focuses on kidneys
St. Louis Post-Dispatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Southern Illinois University School of Medicine pediatrician is studying the leading cause of long-term failure of kidney transplants in children by following cases of children treated in St. Louis. Dr. Michael Seifert, who cares for patients at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Ill., is able to do his study thanks to a Washington University School of Medicine program that promotes the development of researchers through initial study funding, mentoring and courses in study design. More

Increasing the recipient benefit/donor risk ratio by lowering the graft size requirement for living donor liver transplantation
Liver Transplantation (subscription required)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A characteristic pattern of hemodynamic changes that may occur in reperfusion phase of liver transplantation (LT) is known as post-reperfusion syndrome (PRS). In this study, researchers determined the frequency of PRS and evaluated possible predictors of PRS. They concluded that both severity of liver disease and graft steatosis may increase risk for PRS in LT. More

Bridge to lung transplantation with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support
Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation (subscription required)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) can provide pulmonary and, if needed, right heart support for patients with acute and chronic lung disease. Many patients on lung transplant lists die from acute exacerbations of their underlying chronic lung disease before they can receive a lung transplant. Transplant teams have taken advantage of these recent advances in ECLS to bridge such patients to lung transplantation (bridge to transplant, BTT). More

Current strategies and future trends in immunosuppression after heart transplantation
Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation (subscription required)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The changing population of heart transplantation patients has become older and sicker. Immunosuppression strategies should be developed for each patient based on their risk for rejection and their risk for developing important complications of immunosuppressive therapy. More

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The long-term impact of face transplants
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It may be time to take a second look at face transplants. While 19 people worldwide have undergone successful face transplants, their long-term follow-up may be under-reported, according to reconstructive surgeons. Their results, presented at the 2012 American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress, evaluate the use of a scoring system called the "FACES score," which helps to assess a patient’s ability to resume normal living. More

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Ear grown under woman's forearm gets transplanted
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Johns Hopkins University Hospital surgeons have successfully transplanted a new ear on a woman who lost one due to an unusually aggressive form of skin cancer. The procedure was no ordinary transplant - doctors had to build her ear using cartilage pulled from other parts of her body, then surgically implanted it on her arm to allow skin growth before re-attaching it to her head. More

Kidney transplant waiting list faces revisions
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The United Network for Organ Sharing has proposed a new scheme for distributing deceased-donor kidneys among the 93,000 people currently waiting for a transplant. UNOS handles organ procurement and transplantation pursuant to a contract with the federal Department of Health and Human Services. More

Immediate renal transplantation after radical prostatectomy for low-risk prostate cancer
Clinical Transplantation (subscription required)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For most cancers, a two- to five-year period with no evidence of disease must be demonstrated before organ transplantation. The natural history of prostate cancer is unique both because of extensive pre-treatment screening and the ease of post-treatment monitoring for recurrence. Using available predictive models for prostate cancer recurrence, researchers examined whether current evidence supports a prolonged waiting period after radical prostatectomy and before renal transplantation. More

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