Living-donor lobar lung transplantation usually requires 2 healthy donors who donate either a right or a left lower lobe; however, finding 2 healthy donors is difficult. Several case reports have been published on successful living-donor lobar lung transplantation using a single donor; however, little is known about its outcome.
We retrospectively investigated 14 critically ill patients who had undergone single living-donor lobar lung transplantation at 3 lung transplant centers in Japan. There were 10 female and 4 male patients, including 10 children and 4 adults. Size matching was assessed by estimated graft forced vital capacity and 3-dimensional computed tomography volumetry. The diagnoses included complications of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (n = 6), pulmonary hypertension (n = 4), and others (n = 4).
At a mean follow-up of 45 months (range, 2-128), the 3- and 5-year survival rate was 70% and 56%, respectively. There were 4 early deaths, for a hospital mortality of 29%, with 1 additional death at 40 months. The main cause of early death was primary graft dysfunction, most likely related to size mismatching. The survival among these 14 patients was significantly worse than the survival in a group of 78 patients undergoing bilateral living-donor lobar lung transplantation during the same period (P = .044).
Single living-donor lobar lung transplantation provides acceptable results for sick patients who would die soon otherwise. However, bilateral living-donor lobar lung transplantation appears to be a better option if 2 living donors are found.
"Most of the reasons why the wide majority of the donor lungs are considered unsuitable for transplantation are related to lung injury occurring during trauma or after brain death and to the complications associated with a prolonged intensive care unit (ICU) stay. Consequently, a number of strategies have been proposed: the use of marginal donors , living related LT  , or non-heart beating donation . Notwithstanding these improvements, the number of transplants has hitherto not significantly increased. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) allows perfusion and reconditioning of retrieved lungs for organ transplantation. The Steen solution is specifically designed for this procedure but the mechanism through which it elicits its activity is still to be fully clarified. We speculated that Steen solution may encompass antioxidant properties allowing a reestablishment of pulmonary tissue homeostasis. Blood samples from 10 healthy volunteers were recruited. Platelets and white cells were incubated with Steen solution or buffer solution as control and stimulated with suitable agonists. Reactive oxidant species (ROS), soluble NOX2 (sNOX2-derived peptide), a marker of NADPH oxidase activation, p47(phox) translocation to cell membrane and isoprostanes production, as marker of oxidative stress, and nitric oxide (NO), a powerful vasodilator and antioxidant molecule, were measured upon cell stimulation. The Steen solution significantly inhibited p47(phox) translocation and NOX2 activation in platelets and white cells. Consistent with this finding was the reduction of oxidative stress as documented by a significantly lowered formation of ROS and isoprostanes by both platelets and white cells. Finally, cell incubation with Steen solution resulted in enhanced generation of NO. Herewith, we provide the first evidence that Steen solution possesses antioxidant properties via downregulation of NADPH oxidase activity and enhanced production of NO.
Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity 04/2014; 2014:242180. DOI:10.1155/2014/242180 · 3.36 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The Japanese Organ Transplant Law was amended, and the revised law took effect in July 2010 to overcome extreme donor shortage and to increase the availability of donor organs from brain-dead donors. It is now possible to procure organs from children. The year 2011 was the first year that it was possible to examine the results of this first extensive revision of the Japanese Organ Transplant Law, which took effect in 1997. Currently, seven transplant centers, including Tohoku, Dokkyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Okayama, Fukuoka and Nagasaki Universities, are authorized to perform lung transplantation in Japan, and by the end of 2011, a total of 239 lung transplants had been performed. The number of transplants per year and the ratio of brain-dead donor transplants increased dramatically after the revision of the Japanese Organ Transplant Law. The survival rates for lung transplant recipients registered with the Japanese Society for Lung and Heart-lung Transplantation were 93.3 % at 1 month, 91.5 % at 3 months, 86.3 % at 1 year, 79.0 % at 3 years, and 73.1 % at 5 years. The survival curves for brain-dead donor and living-donor lung transplantation were similar. The survival outcomes for both brain-dead and living-donor lung transplants were better than those reported by the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. However, donor shortage remains a limitation of lung transplantation in Japan. The lung transplant centers in Japan should continue to make a special effort to save critically ill patients waiting for lung transplantation.
General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 02/2013; 62(10). DOI:10.1007/s11748-013-0215-7
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Patients with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) comprise the largest single lung disease group undergoing transplantation. Selection of appropriate candidates requires consideration of specific clinical characteristics, prognosis in the absence of transplantation, and likely outcome of transplantation. Increased availability of alternatives to transplantation for end-stage patients and the many efforts to increase the supply of donor organs have complicated decision making for selecting transplant candidates. Many years of technical and clinical refinements in lung transplantation methods have improved survival and quality of life outcomes. Further advances will probably come from improved selection methods for the procedure. Because no prospective trial has been performed, and because of confounding and informative censoring bias inherent in the transplant selection process in studies of the existing experience, the survival effect of lung transplant in COPD patients remains undefined. There is a lack of conclusive data on the impact of lung transplantation on quality of life. For some patients with end-stage COPD, lung transplantation remains the only option for further treatment with a hope of improved survival and quality of life. A prospective trial of lung transplantation is needed to provide better guidance concerning survival benefit, resource utilization, and quality of life effects for patients with COPD.
Transplant Research and Risk Management 07/2013; 2013(5):1. DOI:10.2147/TRRM.S10765
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