bridge to transplant


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bridge to transplant

A 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.
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Once approved, the HDEs will allow up to 4,000 US patients annually to receive the 50cc TAH as destination therapy, and an additional 4,000 pediatric patients to receive the device as a bridge to transplant.
The second designation is as a pediatric bridge to transplant, so long as the child's body can accommodate the device.
Earlier this year, Texas Children's Hospital became the world's first pediatric hospital to complete the first and second phase of certification to implant the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart as a bridge to transplant for their patients.
Bridge to Transplant (BTT) Pivotal Trial - A clinical trial to test the safety and efficacy of the VentrAssist in patients in end stage heart failure who are on the heart transplant list.
In the medium term, the device being developed at Swansea offers a bridge to transplant, meaning people face the operation fitter and with a greatly increased chance of survival.
This analysis excluded 70 patients who received the device as destination therapy and 26 patients with inadequate follow-up data, which left 1,365 patients who received the device as a bridge to transplant.
To date, the short-term Novacor VAD has been used as a bridge to transplant for 87 patients.
The ventricular assist device (VAD), another type of pump intended to help rather than replace a failing human heart, also is being used as a bridge to transplant.
27, 1988, when it implanted the Symbion Jarvik 7 artificial heart, the predecessor to the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, as a bridge to transplant.
5 billion, compared with just $250 million for patients using the device as a bridge to transplant.
The LVAS could continue to be used as a bridge to transplant or as destination therapy, but not as a bridge to eligibility.
15, he became the first person in the region to have his heart replaced with the Total Artificial Heart as a bridge to transplant.