Successful Abdominal Organ Donation after Brain Death in a Patient with a Biventricular Assist Device: Extending Extended Criteria


Few studies address the potential for donation after brain death (DBD) in the limited population of patients with ongoing mechanical circulatory support (MCS). A case study was conducted reviewing available records of both donor and recipient, and available literature. The donor was a young female with an acute myocardial infarction precipitating emergent off-pump 2-vessel bypass graft complicated by profound cardiogenic shock refractory to inotropes and intra-aortic balloon pump. A heparin drip was started following percutaneous placement of a left ventricular-assist device (TandemHeart?) which improved her hemodynamics to stabilize for transfer. She ultimately required surgical placement of biventricular assist device (CentraMag?) to normalize hemodynamics. Two days post-operatively, she developed a cerebellar hemorrhage and was declared brain dead. Pre-donation blood chemistry showed adequate end-organ function. Both kidneys were placed locally. The liver was rejected for two regional status 1 patients and by all other local centers. We accepted the liver for a patient with polycystic liver disease with a MELD exception score of 20. The recipient is now 4 years post-transplant with excellent graft function. Extending donor criteria to include MCS patients can result in successful transplantation and should be considered in selected circumstances once satisfactory donor end-organ function is established.

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Carpenter, S. , Steidley, D. , Douglas, D. , Reddy, K. , Mulligan, D. , Lanza, L. and Moss, A. (2013) Successful Abdominal Organ Donation after Brain Death in a Patient with a Biventricular Assist Device: Extending Extended Criteria. Open Journal of Organ Transplant Surgery, 3, 32-35. doi: 10.4236/ojots.2013.32006.

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