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Authors Scalea JR, Sollinger HW
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Journal Exp Clin Transplant Volume: 14 Issue: Suppl 3 Pages: 27-31
Publish Date 2016 Nov
PubMed ID 27805506

The rapid rise of transplantation over the past 60 years has been marked by a number of critical milestones. Donation after circulatory death (DCD) has played an important role in the development of this young field. Although early observations by Dr. Tom Starzl touched on the importance of warm ischemic time, new and exciting data may be changing our views of ischemia. Indeed, as we learn more about the importance of time-to-death for DCD donors after circulatory death, the hemodynamic changes experienced by DCD donors, and the other physiologic perturbations surrounding all forms of death, we are beginning to drill down to the factors that drive recipient outcomes after deceased donor transplant. As far as the future? Only time will tell. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System