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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Originally used as a permanent replacement heart, the SyncardiaTAH is currently approved as a bridge to transplant for people suffering from end-stage heart failure affecting both sides of the heart (biventricular failure).
On February 23, 1988, the day after Bishop Harris was connected to two assist devices as a bridge to transplant, his surgeon listed him on the national organ procurement network as a "UNOS Stat"--meaning Harris was expected to live less than twelve hours.
Originally used as a permanent replacement heart, the SynCardia TAH received FDA approval in 2004 as a bridge to transplant for transplant-eligible patients dying from end-stage biventricular heart failure.
Busuttil cited a study of 264 patients with HCC who were eligible for transplant; 90 had their tumors resected as a bridge to transplant.
In the United States, the 70cc SynCardia Total Artificial Heart is FDA-approved for use as a bridge to transplant.
Syncardia believes that there is adequate evidence for CMS to conclude that the CardioWest temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH-t) as a biventricular replacement device is reasonable and necessary when used as a bridge to transplant in certain patients," the company wrote to CMS.
The CardioWest artificial heart is approved as a bridge to transplant for patients dying from end stage biventricular failure.
The 70cc SynCardia Total Artificial Heart is FDA approved for use as a bridge to transplant.
In the studies, 79% of patients implanted with the heart remained alive long enough to receive a donor heart (an average of 79 days), demonstrating that the artificial heart could successfully serve as a bridge to transplant, FDA said.
It has the highest bridge to transplant success rate and the highest cardiac output of any approved device.
Orlando was the first person in upstate New York to receive the SynCardia Heart, which is used as a bridge to transplant.
Thoratec says the approximately 130 transplant centers in the US already using the HeartMate device for bridge to transplant can begin using the device for destination therapy immediately.