bridge to transplant
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bridge to transplantA generic term for any organ or surrogate device used to stabilise a patient before definitive transplantation of a matched organ.
Organ bridges may be
• Synthetic—e.g., AbioCor, an artificial heart;
• Nonhuman—e.g., pig liver;
• Organ surrogate—e.g., haemodialysis before kidney transplantation.