Lung Transplantation and Donation After Cardiac Death: A Single Center Experience

Varun Puri, Masina Scavuzzo, Tracey Guthrie, Ramsey Hachem, Alexander S. Krupnick, Daniel Kreisel, G. Alexander Patterson, Bryan F. Meyers

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Background: Lung donation after cardiac death (DCD) can enlarge the donor pool. Single-center reports have shown comparable outcomes after lung transplantation using conventional donors versus DCD in small numbers of patients. Methods: We performed a retrospective review of DCD experience at a single lung transplant program using a prospective database. Results: Between January 2003 and April 2008, 293 lung transplantations were performed, including 11 bilateral transplantations (3.7%) using DCD lungs. Similar criteria were used to assess donor quality. The hospital mortality for DCD recipients was 2 of 11 (18%) and overall mortality was 4 of 11 (36%) by 18 months of follow-up. Seven DCD patients (64%) are alive with a median follow-up of 32 months. The DCD group was comparable to the control group in age and ischemic times. The 4 deaths, when compared with 7 DCD survivors, had longer ischemic time (293 minutes versus 232 minutes) and a higher incidence of nonlocal donors (3 of 4 versus 1 of 7). Conclusions: At our center, early outcomes after DCD lung transplantations are somewhat inferior to those of series from other centers but approach national averages for conventional lung transplantation. Thus, DCD lung transplantation has the potential to increase the donor pool but must be offered cautiously.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1609-1615
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2009


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