Heart transplantation in patients with amyloidosis: Single-center experience

A. Alloni, C. Pellegrini, T. Ragni, C. Goggi, A. M D Armini, M. Rinaldi, M. Viganò

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Introduction Amyloidosis is a systemic disease. Heart transplantation in this subset of patients is contraindicated by the majority of authors. In our center, patients with heart failure due to amyloidosis have been evaluated for cardiac transplantation since 1991. The aim of this study was to analyze the outcome of these patients waiting for transplant and the effectiveness of this therapy. Materials and methods Since 1991, eight patients affected by amyloidosis have been evaluated and enrolled on the waiting list for transplant: five affected by AL lambda type; two by APO A1; and one by TTR. Four were transplanted, three died waiting for a donor (two from cardiac failure, one from sudden death), and one has been recently transplanted after 17 months on waiting list. Results Since 1985, 713 patients underwent heart transplantation in our center, five of whom were affected by amyloidosis (0.7%). Two are still alive (60 and 41 months) without evidence of cardiac amyloidotic infiltration. One patient recently underwent a combined heart-liver transplantation. Two patients died after the intervention: one sudden death after 23 months with amyloidotic infiltration of transplanted heart, and one multiple organ failure (MOF) due to progression of the systemic disease. Conclusions Despite the small size of the group preventing us from drawing definitive conclusion, heart transplantation may prevent therapy to arrest organ damage in patients with isolated cardiac involvement. Cardiac events are the main cause of death. Patients must be followed-up for evolution of systemic disease. The midterm survival is encouraging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)643-644
Number of pages2
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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