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Procurement for visceral organ transplantation: where to cannulate and how to perfuse?

Keutgen, Xavier M.; Petrowsky, Henrik

Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation:
doi: 10.1097/MOT.0000000000000066

Purpose of review: Despite significant improvements in visceral organ transplantation over the last few decades, some technical aspects of organ harvesting remain controversial. The purpose of this article is to review and summarize the latest literature on how to perfuse in multiorgan procurement.

Recent findings: Few prospective studies have analyzed and compared technical aspects of harvesting such as cannulation (aortic-only versus dual aortic and portal flush), flush rates and volumes as well as flush pressures (high pressure vs. gravity). However, these and most data available from additional retrospective and experimental studies do not clearly support one harvesting technique over another.

Summary: Currently, because of lack of superiority data, no clear guidelines exist on what cannulation techniques to apply during organ procurements in visceral organ transplantation. Additional prospective trials are needed to clarify these questions.

Author Information

Department of Visceral and Transplant Surgery, Swiss HPB and Transplant Center, University Hospital of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Correspondence to Henrik Petrowsky, MD, FACS, Swiss HPB and Transplant Center, Department of Visceral and Transplant Surgery, University Hospital Zurich, Ramistrasse 100, 8091 Zurich, Switzerland. Tel: +41-44-255-2300; fax: +41-44-255-4449; e-mail:

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