CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · THORAC CARDIOV SURG Reports 2018; 07(01): e33-e34
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1661410
Case Report: Cardiac
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Cardiac Graft from Donors with Extracorporeal Support—A Report of Two Cases

Bernd Panholzer
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Schleswig-Holstein Campus Kiel, Kiel, Germany
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Katharina Huenges
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Schleswig-Holstein Campus Kiel, Kiel, Germany
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Jochen Cremer
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Schleswig-Holstein Campus Kiel, Kiel, Germany
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Assad Haneya
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Schleswig-Holstein Campus Kiel, Kiel, Germany
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Publication History

20 December 2017

23 February 2018

Publication Date:
28 June 2018 (online)

Abstract

The persistent global shortage of organ donors is still a major limitation for transplantation. Experiences of heart transplantation from donors with extracorporeal support are rare. Here, we report from two cases of donors who were supported by extracorporeal membrane oxygenation due to acute circulatory failure. In both cases, the direct postoperative course was uneventful and free from major complications. The patients were discharged to a rehabilitation clinic. Our experience suggests that the use of heart organ from carefully selected donors with extracorporeal support is possible and may lead to an excellent outcome.