Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2018; 51(5): 328-332  https://doi.org/10.5090/kjtcs.2018.51.5.328
Extracorporeal Life Support in Organ Transplant Donors
Wonho Chang, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital
Corresponding author: Wonho Chang, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital, 59 Daesagwan-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04401, Korea
(Tel) 82-2-710-3084 (Fax) 82-2-709-9083 (E-mail) changwh@schmc.ac.kr
Received: November 29, 2017; Revised: March 2, 2018; Accepted: March 16, 2018.; Published online: October 5, 2018.
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Background: Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) can be applied in brain-dead donors for organ perfusion before donation, thereby expanding the donor pool. The aim of this study was to examine the benefits and early clinical outcomes of ECLS for organ preservation.
Methods: Between June 2012 and April 2017, 9 patients received ECLS with therapeutic intent or for organ preservation. The following data were collected: demographics, purpose and duration of ECLS, cause of death, dose of vasoactive drugs, and need for temporary dialysis before organ retrieval. The early clinical outcomes of recipients were studied, as well as survival and graft function at 1 month.
Results: ECLS was initiated for extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation in 5 patients. The other patients needed ECLS due to hemodynamic deterioration during the assessment of brain death. We successfully retrieved 18 kidneys, 7 livers, and 1 heart from 9 donors. All organs were transplanted and none were discarded. Only 1 case of delayed kidney graft function was noted, and all 26 recipients were discharged without any significant complications.
Conclusion: The benefits of protecting the vital organs of donors is significant, and ECLS for organ preservation can be widely used in the transplantation field.
Keywords: Transplantation, Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, Tissue and organ procurement

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