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Methods Mol Biol. 2020;2204:217-224. doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-0904-0_19.


In recent years, medical advances make lung transplantation become a standard treatment for terminal lung diseases (such as emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary arterial hypertension) that cannot be cured by drugs or surgery (Lund et al., J Heart Lung Transplant 34:1244, 2015). However, the current number of donor lungs that meet the transplant criteria is no longer sufficient for transplanting, causing some patients to die while waiting for a suitable lung. Current methods for improving the situation of shortage of lung transplant donors include the use of donation after cardiac death (DCD) donors, smoker donors, and Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP). Among them, EVLP is a technique for extending lung preservation time and repairing lung injury in the field of lung transplantation. By continuously assessing and improving the function of marginal donor lungs, EVLP increases the number of lungs that meet the transplant criteria and, to some extent, alleviates the current situation of shortage of donor lungs. This chapter reviews the clinical application and research progress of EVLP in the field of lung transplantation.

PMID:32710328 | DOI:10.1007/978-1-0716-0904-0_19