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June 4, 2019
Left ventricular ejection fraction was not a predictor of outcomes after heart transplant, and was normal in all recipients at 1 year posttransplant. The reliance on generic transthoracic echocardiography for donor assessment may well be the Achilles heel of this retrospective case study.
May 21, 2019
The authors utilized a retrospective review of the UNOS database from 2007-2014 to evaluate the impact of donor sequence number (DSN) on outcomes.
May 3, 2019
The US FDA approved the Xvivo device for maintaining or resuscitating donor lungs prior to transplant. Interesting very high survival is reported in the control group at one year.
April 28, 2019
The authors of this single-center open-label pilot trial evaluated the intermediate-term outcomes of patients undergoing either heart (n=8) or lung (n=36) transplantation from donors that had evidence of active hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. All patients underwent treatment of HCV antiviral treatment for 4 weeks after transplantation.
January 11, 2019
Patient Care and General Interest Ireland’s Cabinet is expected to consider opt-out organ donation legislation this spring.
In Global News: Coughing Up a Lung Cast, Heart Xenotransplantation, and Medical Record Reading Software
December 7, 2018
Patient Care and General Interest A patient who had been admitted to the intensive care unit for chronic heart failure coughed up a cast of his right bronchial tree made of coagulated blood.
β-Adrenergic Agonist Albuterol Improves Pulmonary Vascular Reserve in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction: A Randomized Controlled Trial
November 9, 2018
Interesting small randomized controlled trial that will definitely be widely discussed.
July 7, 2018
In an announcement entitled "Retraction—Tracheobronchial transplantation with a stem-cell-seeded bioartificial nanocomposite: a proof-of-concept study," the results of an investigation by the Karolinska Institute were shared with The Lancet, resulting in retraction of what had appeared to be an exciting new development in transplantation and airway r
Time Is Your Best Friend, but It Soon Becomes Your Worst Enemy: The Conflict of Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in Cardiac Surgery
June 27, 2018
A brief, readable, sensibly balanced, and well-referenced editorial on the occasion of the retrospective Austrian paper on venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).