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A new finding from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center could influence the availability of donor lungs for transplantation.
After a review of 352 lung transplants at the medical center during the last decade, researchers found that lungs can safely be preserved beyond the 4 to 6 hours set out in current organ allocation policy. In a study presented last month at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons meeting in San Antonio, Tex, researchers examined transplantation results with donated lungs preserved for less than 4 hours, 4 to 6 hours, and more than 6 hours.
Voelker R. Longer Lung Survival. JAMA. 1999;281(8):694. doi:10.1001/jama.281.8.694