Abdominal Multiorgan Retrieval

  • John D. Terrace
  • Gabriel C. OniscuEmail author
Part of the Springer Surgery Atlas Series book series (SPRISURGERY)


Organ transplantation has evolved from an experimental procedure to a well-established specialty, embracing advanced surgical techniques and cutting-edge technology. The transplantation pathway is now clearly established, starting with the identification of potential donors and the organ retrieval procedure through to transplantation and long-term follow-up of the patients who have undergone transplant procedures. This chapter focuses on the preoperative preparation and abdominal retrieval techniques in DBD and DCD donation and introduces some technical advances for DCD organ recovery.


Multiorgan retrieval DBD donation Controlled DCD donation Uncontrolled DCD donation Liver Kidney Pancreas Warm phase dissection En bloc retrieval Cold perfusion Normothermic regional perfusion 

Further Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Edinburgh Transplant Centre, The Royal Infirmary of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  2. 2.Department of Clinical SurgeryUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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