September 19, 2012

Should Orthotopic Heart Transplantation Using Marginal Donors Be Limited to Higher Volume Centers?


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Marginal donor organs are being offered in some centers in the US to high-risk candidates who do not meet standard listing criteria. This combination theoretically increases surgical risk and potentially impacts post transplant outcomes. This article explores the impact of center volume on the use of marginal donors (using a validated donor risk score >=7).

Cardiac Transplantation

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