A Cleveland Clinic-developed normothermic perfusion machine has enabled surgeons to assess and successfully transplant 15 of 21 “orphan” livers that otherwise would have been discarded as unsuitable. The results may herald a new era in transplantation, making more organs available.
Cleveland Clinic surgeons have performed the Midwest’s first purely laparoscopic donor hepatectomy for living donor liver transplant, a technically demanding procedure that improves safety and shortens recovery times, possibly motivating more people to donate.
In a first for North America, a Cleveland Clinic patient has given birth after receiving a transplanted uterus from a deceased donor, a significant advancement in infertility treatment.
Cleveland Clinic’s Organ Recovery Center will soon test the ability of its organ perfusion device to assess and enhance donated livers, potentially increasing the number that can be translated.
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Deemed “unresectable” elsewhere, a 42-year-old undergoes a two-stage hepatectomy and hepatic artery infusion for bilobar liver metastasis with exceptional results.
Paradigm shift in transplant medicine: Livers successfully transplanted in Cleveland Clinic study using homegrown normothermic ex vivo perfusion machine rather than cold preservation for maintaining organs.
Cleveland Clinic is poised to launch the first U.S. study in which human liver transplant patients receive donor livers preserved using normothermic ex vivo perfusion.