Early outcome of liver transplantation performed with organs procured from brain death donors with transient or sustained cardio-circulatory collapse

F. Valenza, A. Villa, S. Froio, S. Coppola, F. Barretta, E. Melada, S. Gatti, L. Avalli, G. Citerio, G. E. Rossi, L. Gattinoni

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Background. Aim of this study was to compare early graft function after transplantation of recipients transplanted with livers procured from donors after brain death who experienced transient or sustained cardio-circulatory collapse. Methods. We retrospectively analysed patients who underwent liver transplantation (LTx) at our Institution from January 2010 to May 2012. Recipients were divided into 3 groups: those who received livers from brain death donors who experienced reversible cardio-circulatory arrest before organ procurement (RCA); those who experienced sustained cardio-circulatory collapse, treated with extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation support as rescue therapy of refractory cardiogenic shock (ECMO). Standard donors were considered as reference group (REF). Postoperative graft function, Primary Non-Function (PNF), and complications during the first 30 days were analysed. Results. 102 LTx were analysed (76 REF, 22 RCA and 4 ECMO). The main cause of donor's death was post-anoxic coma in RCA and ECMO, cerebrovascular accident in REF. SGOT in REF, RCA, and ECMO donors were 27 [17- 43], 54 [34-92], 716 [190-962] respectively, SGPT 17 [12-34], 46 [27-73], 84 [51-175] UI/L respectively, both P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-515
Number of pages9
JournalMinerva Anestesiologica
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2015



  • Brain death
  • Heart arrest
  • Liver transplantation
  • Risk factors
  • Tissue and organ procurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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