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Primary graft dysfunction

Hoffman, Seth Aa; Robinson, Nancyb,c; Christie, Jason Da,c

Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation: October 2007 - Volume 12 - Issue 5 - p 473–478
doi: 10.1097/MOT.0b013e3282ef7bad
Lung transplantation: Edited by David P. Mason

Purpose of review Primary graft dysfunction is the major determinant of early morbidity and mortality after lung transplantation. Survivors of primary graft dysfunction have a protracted recovery and worse long-term mortality in ensuing years. Furthermore, primary graft dysfunction survivors may have a greater risk of bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome. Early studies of primary graft dysfunction often defined the disease differently. The resultant difficulty in synthesizing conclusions spurred the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation to adopt a consensus definition and classification schema. This review examines the early primary graft dysfunction research as a context for newer findings, and highlights some of the advances made in the field since the adoption of the consensus definition.

Recent findings Clinical research incorporating the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation definition has provided a standard platform to advance the understanding of primary graft dysfunction incidence, outcomes, pathophysiology, risk factors, prevention, and management. Recent laboratory research has advanced our understanding of pulmonary ischemia–reperfusion injury and suggested potential novel therapies.

Summary This article will review previous research on primary graft dysfunction etiology, risks and outcomes, and update the reader on recent advances in the field.

aDivision of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

bDrexel University School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

cDepartment of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Correspondence to Jason D. Christie, MD, MS, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 423 Guardian Drive, 719 Blockley Hall, Philadelphia, PA19104, USA E-mail:

Sponsorship: This study was supported by grants NIH HL04243, HL081619, and the Craig and Elaine Dobbin Pulmonary Research Fund.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.