Warming Donated Livers May Improve Transplants: Study

Warming Donated Livers May Improve Transplants: Study


Keeping transplant livers on “life support” at body temperature preserves them better than the prevailing method of near-freezing, and could reduce the number of donor organs thrown away, a study said Wednesday.

Currently most donor livers are stored in an inert state at temperatures just above freezing until they can be transferred to a recipient.

But many end up damaged, meaning that only a portion of livers harvested for transplant get used despite an urgent, and growing, organ shortage. > >> read more ...

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