Organs harvested after cardiac death appear safe, effective, study says
FRIDAY, June 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Livers from donors who
suffered cardiac death can be safely and effectively transplanted into
patients dying of liver cancer, a new study suggests.
A liver transplant can cure many liver cancer patients, but many die
waiting for a liver because most transplant centers use only livers from
brain-dead donors. This study tested livers from both brain-dead donors
and donors after cardiac death.
Cardiac death does not mean death from heart attack. Because of
damaging oxygen loss, someone who dies from a heart attack is not
considered a viable donor of organs for transplantation, the researchers
said. Instead, cardiac death is controlled in a patient who will donate
organs, they explained.
Labels: Liver Transplant