Expanding donor availability in lung transplantation: A case report of 5000 miles traveled.

Journal Article

We present the case of a 41-year-old female who underwent bilateral lung transplantation after the donor lungs were placed on a normothermic ex vivo lung perfusion and ventilation device and flown nearly 5000 miles from Honolulu, Hawaii to Durham, North Carolina. The patient experienced no primary graft dysfunction. One year after transplantation she has remained rejection-free and exhibits excellent pulmonary function. This case highlights the challenge that active organ preservation systems pose to questions of organ allocation and geographic sharing.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fitch, ZW; Doberne, J; Reynolds, JM; Jamieson, I; Haney, JC; Klapper, JA; Hartwig, MG

Published Date

  • June 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 2269 - 2272

PubMed ID

  • 33675176

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1600-6143

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/ajt.16556


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States