Intestinal Preservation of Small-Bowel Grafts by Vascular Washout and Cold Storage
The development of an effective method for preserving the small intestine during the interval between harvesting and implantation is a key factor to the success of future clinical small-bowel transplantation. In particular, a method of small-bowel preservation which allows for functional graft survival after ischemic intervals of up to 24 h should be devised. Such an interval is desirable to permit unhurried graft procurement from cadaveric donors and recipient preparation until the actual implantation is completed.
KeywordsIschemia Pneumonia Heparin Shrinkage Sponge
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