Background Among the strategies to increase the number of lung transplants, ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) represents a novel technique to expand the donor pool. Methods Data from donors referred to our center were retrospectively analyzed to identify grafts that could potentially be potentially reconditioned by EVLP and for comparison with those obtained by clinical application of EVLP program in our center. Results Among 75 rejected lungs, 23 organs have been identified as potentially treatable with EVLP with a hypothetic increase of lung transplant activity of 53%. After the introduction of the EVLP program in our center, lung transplantation with reconditioned grafts was performed in 7 (23%) patients with a 30% increase in transplant procedures. Conclusion Although less than expected, EVLP increased the number of lungs suitable for transplantation. © 2013 by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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|Titolo:||Ex vivo lung perfusion increases the pool of lung grafts: Analysis of its potential and real impact on a lung transplant program|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|