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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 95-99

Multi-organ retrieval in donation after brain stem death


1 Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India
2 Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India
3 Department of Cardiac Surgery, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India
4 Department of Opthalmology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Unnikrishnan Gopalakrishnan
Department of GI Surgery, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi - 682 041, Kerala
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/AMJM.AMJM_36_20

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Organ donation after brain stem death is quite common in the west. In India, the procedure is still gaining acceptance. The surgical steps for multi-organ retrieval have evolved in different centers with significant variations, and the scientific evidence levels for each technique are low. Organ retrieval requires a fairly rapid surgical technique to avoid ischemic injury to the target organs yet avoid iatrogenic injuries. This article offers and outline of the multi-organ donation procedure. It details the abdominal organ retrieval techniques and touches on thoracic organs and composite tissue grafts as well. It also briefly touches upon machine perfusion of organs.


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