UT Southwestern demonstrates efficacy of portable donor liver system

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UT Southwestern announced its participation in the Liver PROJECT trial of a portable system designed to keep livers warm and blood circulating prior to liver transplantation, according to a press release.

“It’s like a virtual transplant,” Malcolm MacConmara, MD, from UT Southwestern’s department of surgery and lead researcher of the Liver PROTECT study, said in the release. “By putting the liver on the machine, we can truly approximate the conditions of the body. We provide oxygen, blood and nutrition to the liver and watch how ...

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In Organ Transplants, Cooling Things Down May Not Be The Way To Go

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Last year, tens of thousands of organs were removed from dead or dying patients, packed in ice, and raced to an operating room so a very sick patient could get a life-saving transplant. On average, 22 people die every day in the U.S. because they couldn’t get one of those organs. Now, a company and hospital in Massachusetts are teaming up to figure out if there might be a better way to do those transplants, and to save more lives.

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Warm Perfusion May Ease the Transplant Shortage

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Lloyd Matsumoto awoke from his liver transplant last month to find his surgeon more than pleased with the results. The new organ had begun producing bile almost immediately, a welcome signal that it had quickly started to function well.

That may be partly because of the way Matsumoto’s liver traveled from Tufts Medical Center across Boston to Massachusetts General Hospital. Instead of being packed in ice for the 4½ hours it was outside the abdomens of donor and recipient, the liver ...

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