For Lung Transplant Patients, a Broader Definition of Risk Does Not Lead to Worse Outcomes

In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control expanded the definition of risk for potential lung transplant recipients from high-risk donor (HRD) to increased-risk donor (IRD). Cleveland Clinic researchers examined the implications of the definition change from HRD to IRD on survival outcomes in patients who received a lung transplant. They published their findings in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

Asymptomatic Aortic Dissection After Orthotopic Heart Transplantation in a Pediatric Patient

A 17-year-old patient with a homozygous mutation in MYBPC3, who underwent orthotopic heart transplantation, presents with persistent cough. Work-up leads to finding of asymptomatic aortic dissection. In this case study, pediatric cardiologist Kenneth Zahka, MD, points to the need for pediatric-specific guidelines for intervention in post-orthotopic heart transplant patients with known aortic dilatation.