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J Thorac Dis. 2014 Aug;6(8):1097-104. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2014.03.23.

Donor selection in heart transplantation.

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1 The Department of Surgery, 2 The Department of Medicine, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.


There is increased scrutiny on the quality in health care with particular emphasis on institutional heart transplant survival outcomes. An important aspect of successful transplantation is appropriate donor selection. We review the current guidelines as well as areas of controversy in the selection of appropriate hearts as donor organs to ensure optimal outcomes. This decision is paramount to the success of a transplant program as well as recipient survival and graft function post-transplant.


Heart transplant; donor selection

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