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Umbilical cord clamps for bronchus closure in donor lung retrieval.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23274337     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Lung transplantation for end-stage pulmonary disease is an established procedure and the number of transplantations is increasing worldwide even in developing countries. Usually donor lungs are transported in an inflated state and the bronchi are closed with a stapler device.
CASE REPORT: We present a technique that avoids costly stapler devices and is even less time consuming than reloading the staplers. After both lungs are inflated the separation of the two main bronchi is facilitated by using sterile umbilical cord clamps for the bronchus closure. We did not experience any air leaks and since the bronchi are resected prior to implantation there is always enough space to place the clamps.
CONCLUSIONS: The umbilical cord clamp technique reduces the explantation costs for lung retrievals significantly. The technique is less time consuming and offers equal safety compared to stapler devices.
Ingo Kaczmarek; Fabian Schmidt; Carola Grinninger; Rene Schramm; Bruno Meiser
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of transplantation : quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society     Volume:  17     ISSN:  2329-0358     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Transplant.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-31     Completed Date:  2013-05-28     Revised Date:  2013-06-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9802544     Medline TA:  Ann Transplant     Country:  Poland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  149-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Transplantation Center Munich, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Grosshadern University Hospital, Marchioninistrasse 15, Munich, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Lung Transplantation*
Middle Aged
Tissue and Organ Harvesting / instrumentation*,  methods

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