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Anesthesiol Clin North Am. 2004 Dec;22(4):615-31.

Cadaveric donors.

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Division of Liver Transplant Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesiology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, CA 90095-1778, USA. mbraunfeld@mednet.ucla.edu

Abstract

The diagnosis of brain death describes the final catastrophic state of a person for whom, except for ventilators and pharmacology, death would surely have already intervened. Although we think of death as an ending, if the patient becomes an organ donor it is also a beginning. For, at the moment we lose one patient, we potentially gain others in the fortunate recipients of viable grafts.

PMID:
15541926
DOI:
10.1016/j.atc.2004.06.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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