Heart and lung transplantation have become standard therapy for many patients with end-stage heart and lung disease. Successful transplantation requires preservation of allografts until they can be implanted and reperfused. In the decades since the transplantation of thoracic organs became a clinical reality, many advances have been made in preoperative donor management, procurement, and preservation techniques. This article summarizes the state of the art in heart and lung preservation and review some of the areas of current research that may lead to improvements in preservation techniques in the future.
|Number of pages
|Journal of Cardiac Surgery
|Published - 2000
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine