Patients who are bridged-to-transplantation with mechanical support have a high incidence of pretransplant sensitization defined by panel reactive antibody (PRA) titers greater than 10. Risk factors for positive PRA in patients with assist devices were investigated. It is recommended that patients who are bridged-to-transplantation with assist devices and have high PRA levels be treated with perioperative plasmapheresis. With this aggressive approach, it may no longer be necessary to keep patients on mechanical support for prolonged periods, but possible to perform transplants as soon as suitable donors become available.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biomedical Engineering