Hope for transplant patients: Baboons survive more than two years with pig hearts

Researchers at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in Maryland say the technique, called immunomodulation, is ready to be used in human trials for the first time (stock image pictured).
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Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center led the nation in the number of solid organ transplants performed in 2017, with 641 procedures that included kidney, pancreas, lung, heart and intestine transplants, according to statistics from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.UCLA recorded 363 kidney transplants in 2017, making it the year ’s top kidney transplant center.Other medical centers with a high number of solid organ transplants in 2017 were UC San Francisco; Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri; and the University of Wisconsin ’s University Hospital in Ma...
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Eighty five percent of congenital heart disease patients currently survive to adulthood due primarily to advancements in surgical treatments1. For these survivors with Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD), heart failure (HF) remains the leading cause of death2. Thus, the number of ACHD patients requiring heart transplantation (HT) continues to grow, and with this growth has come improvements in outcomes. In 2009, Lamour et al. demonstrated a 1-year survival of 83% for non-Fontan congenital HT and 71% for patients with Fontan palliation3.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: Original Clinical Science Source Type: research
Treatment decisions in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) patients with severe heart failure (HF) and short clinical history are challenging because of the difficulty of determining HF stage or prognosis in the acute HF phase. We hypothesized that persistent decreased systemic or increased pulmonary arterial pressure, including in the subclinical phase, may affect the main pulmonary artery diameter (PAD), ascending aortic diameter (AoD), and their ratio (PAD/AoD). The aims of this study were to assess AoD, PAD, and PAD/AoD by non-contrast computed tomography (CT) scans in DCM patients in the acute phase of HF and to examine the ...
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: Original Clinical Science Source Type: research
Nowadays, a number of heart failure (HF) patients live with left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) implanted either as a destination therapy or as a bridge to heart transplant or to heart transplant candidacy.1,2 In all these cases, LVAD usually remains for a prolonged time after post-surgical stabilization, during which patients ’ daily quality of life must be improved as much as possible. LVADs are usually set at a fixed number of revolutions per minute (rpm), so that LVAD output changes during daily activities are only preload- and afterload-dependent, with limited variability.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: Original Clinical Science Source Type: research
Sirolimus (SRL) attenuates cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) progression following heart transplantation (HT) but often results in hyperlipidemia. We investigated the differential effects of SRL- and calcineurin inhibitor (CNI)-based immunosuppression on CAV progression and clinical outcomes in HT recipients.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
: Venovenous (VV) extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is the preferred configuration for bridging respiratory failure patients while awaiting lung transplantation (LTx). However, there is no consensus about intraoperative extracorporeal cardiopulmonary support during LTx in these patients.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
Aortic regurgitation (AR) developing under continuous flow-left ventricular assist devices (CF-LVAD) affects 25-30% of patients within the first year of implantation and is being increasingly recognized as a cause of recurrence of symptomatic heart failure (HF). The underlying mechanisms are likely multifactorial, including changes in the leaflets of the aortic valve (AV), altered root biomechanics and excessive left ventricular (LV) unloading, together promoting cusps remodeling and commissural fusion.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: State of Art Source Type: research
Registry data suggest that survival in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patients has improved from a median of 2.5 years from diagnosis to about 7 years in mostly prevalent cohorts,1,2 which is still dismal. There has long been a concern that initiation of therapy in PAH patients is insufficiently aggressive, given such poor survival. Until recently, data on the utility of combination therapy and the use of initial combination therapy in treatment-na ïve patients has been conflicting, uncontrolled, or nonexistent.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: Original Clinical Science Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewFactors such as weight, body composition, and functional status appear to influence lung transplant outcomes. Body mass index (BMI) is incorporated into the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation ’s (ISHLT) recipient selection guidelines. Data suggests BMI does not effectively differentiate patients with high body fat percentage or low lean muscle mass, leading to both over and under estimates of candidates’ risks.Recent FindingsRecent research has focused on alternate measures and estimates of body composition and their associations with important lung transplant outc...
Source: Current Respiratory Care Reports - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
Purpose of review The current review highlights the most relevant articles on lung infections following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) published over the last year. Between 30 and 50% of HCT recipients will develop pulmonary infiltrates. These pulmonary complications may be infectious (caused by virus, bacteria, fungi, or protozoa) or noninfectious (e.g., fluid overload, heart failure, transfusion reactions like transfusion associated lung injury and transfusion-associated circulatory overload, drug reactions, engraftment syndrome, idiopathic pneumonia syndrome, diffuse alveolar hemorrhage, cryptogenic org...
Source: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation - Category: Surgery Tags: INFECTIOUS COMPLICATIONS IN TRANSPLANTATION: Edited by Shimon Kusne Source Type: research
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