December 19, 2011

Impact of virtual cross match on waiting times for heart transplantation


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The concept of virtual crossmatching has been adopted by the cardiac transplant community and has expanded the donor pool by its feasibility.  In contrast, prospective cross matches which required donor cells and approximately 4 hours to perform limited the donor pool to regional centers where recipient blood could be sent.  Within Canada, the use of the virtual crossmatch has led to the development of the 4S status for sensitized patients.  Publication on the outcomes of the Canadian 4S heart transplant status national outcomes is pending but are anticipated to be as favorable as the findings in this American based publication.

Cardiac Transplantation

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