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Persufflation (gaseous oxygen perfusion) as a method of heart preservation

Thomas M Suszynski1, Michael D Rizzari12, William E Scott13, Peter M Eckman4, James D Fonger5, Ranjit John6, Nicolas Chronos5, Linda A Tempelman7, David ER Sutherland1 and Klearchos K Papas13*

Author Affiliations

1 Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

2 Department of Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA

3 Institute for Cellular Transplantation, Department of Surgery, University of Arizona, 1656 E. Mabel Street, Room 121, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA

4 Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

5 St. Josephs Translational Research Institute, Atlanta, GA, USA

6 Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

7 Giner Inc, Newton, MA, USA

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Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2013, 8:105  doi:10.1186/1749-8090-8-105

Published: 22 April 2013


Persufflation (PSF; gaseous oxygen perfusion) is an organ preservation technique with a potential for use in donor heart preservation. Improved heart preservation with PSF may improve outcomes by maintaining cardiac tissue quality in the setting of longer cold ischemia times and possibly increasing the number of donor hearts available for allotransplant. Published data suggest that PSF is able to extend the cold storage times for porcine hearts up to 14 hours without compromising viability and function, and has been shown to resuscitate porcine hearts following donation after cardiac death. This review summarizes key published work on heart PSF, including prospective implications and future directions for PSF in heart transplantation. We emphasize the potential impact of extending preservation times and expanding donor selection criteria in heart allotransplant. Additionally, the key issues that need to be addressed before PSF were to become a widely utilized preservation strategy prior to clinical heart transplantation are summarized and discussed.

Organ preservation; Heart transplantation; Ischemia; Perfusion