Management of the multiple organ donor.

British journal of hospital medicine 08/1987; 38(1):62-5.
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The need for cadaveric organs for transplantation is increasing. This article provides guidelines for the identification of potential organ donors and suggests suitable principles of management. The physiological changes after brain death are briefly reviewed.

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    ABSTRACT: The scarcity of multiple-organ donors for perfused organ transplantation requires cooperation between various transplanting teams to maximize organ retrieval. We have developed a technique for the extraction of a cardiac and separate pulmonary graft from the same donor. These grafts can then be successfully implanted into two separate recipients. Our experience with 9 successful extractions and implantations is recorded.
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