Use of lung allografts from brain-dead donors after cardiopulmonary arrest and resuscitation.
RATIONALE: Patients who progress to brain death after resuscitation from cardiac arrest have been hypothesized to represent an underused source of potential organ donors; however, there is a paucity of data regarding the viability of lung allografts after a period of cardiac arrest in the donor. OBJECTIVES: To analyze postoperative complications and survival after lung transplant from brain-dead donors resuscitated after cardiac arrest. METHODS: The United Network for Organ Sharing database records donors with cardiac arrest occurring after brain death. Adult recipients of lung allografts from these arrest/resuscitation donors between 2005 and 2011 were compared with nonarrest donors. Propensity score matching was used to reduce the effect of confounding. Postoperative complications and overall survival were assessed using McNemar's test for correlated binary proportions and Kaplan-Meier methods. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: A total of 479 lung transplant recipients from arrest/resuscitation donors were 1:1 propensity matched from a cohort of 9,076 control subjects. Baseline characteristics in the 1:1-matched cohort were balanced. There was no significant difference in perioperative mortality, airway dehiscence, dialysis requirement, postoperative length of stay (P ≥ 0.38 for all), or overall survival (P = 0.52). A subanalysis of the donor arrest group demonstrated similar survival when stratified by resuscitation time quartile (P = 0.38). CONCLUSIONS: There is no evidence of inferior outcomes after lung transplant from brain-dead donors who have had a period of cardiac arrest provided that good lung function is preserved and the donor is otherwise deemed acceptable for transplantation. Potential expansion of the donor pool to include cardiac arrest as the cause of brain death requires further study.
Castleberry, AW; Worni, M; Osho, AA; Snyder, LD; Palmer, SM; Pietrobon, R; Davis, RD; Hartwig, MG
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