Distant heart procurement for transplantation
Procuración a distancia de corazóncon fines de trasplante

Guillermo Careaga-Reyna, Hugo Zetina-Tun, Cesar Villaseñor-Colín, Luis Manuel Alvarez Sánchez, Rafael Urías-Báez, Gustavo Armando de la Cerda-Belmont
2012 Cirugía y Cirujanos  
The low availability of organ donors is a serious hindrance to heart transplantation. Long-distance organ procurement has been accepted as an option despite longer ischemic time for the heart. Long-distance procurement from outside Mexico City in adult patients with terminal heart failure submitted to orthotopic heart transplantation between February 1st 2011, and January 31st 2012, was assessed. Ischemic time, distance from Mexico City, and perioperative and short-time mortality were
more » ... lity were determined. There were 14 orthotopic heart transplants during the analyzed period. In 12 cases long-distance heart procurement was required. Mean age of recipients was 42.7 years (range between 17 and 61 years). Seven patients were male and five female. Mean ischemic time was 228.58 minutes. The longest distance of procurement for land and air travel was 2,319 km; and the lowest, 22.5 km. Perioperative mortality was 8.33% (one patient), and there were 2 short-term deaths due to non-cardiac complications. In this series we included a case of heart-kidney transplantation from same donor. At our hospital, long-distance procurement for heart transplantation is a useful procedure with good results.
pmid:23351445 fatcat:c4shwjnc3ze25iygyftchyzroa