Donor liver’s shelf life pushed to 24 hours

City-based Yashoda Hospitals has done just that by adopting a Normothermic Perfusion Technology machine to safeguard the integrity of a donor liver for a longer period of time.

By Author  |  Published: 10th Sep 2018  10:47 pm
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“Normo-thermic” liver perfusion Transplant System

Hyderabad: Time constraints and the perennial threat of causing damage to living cells in a donor organ have always posed a challenge in organ transplantation. Invariably, it is always a race against time to save the donor organ till it reaches the operation theatre, ready to be transplanted.

What if time constraints and the threat of organ damage are completely taken out of the picture?

City-based Yashoda Hospitals has done just that by adopting a Normothermic Perfusion Technology machine to safeguard the integrity of a donor liver for a longer period of time. This is for the first time in the two Telugu States that such technology is being used to protect a donor liver.

The current window of transplanting a donor liver is four to eight hours or even less and by employing the Normothermic Perfusion Technology machine, transplant experts pointed out that they can protect the living cells in a donor liver from getting damaged for 24 hours.

Using this technology, the transplant surgeons of Yashoda Hospitals have already conducted three liver transplant surgeries successfully. All the three patients are have made an uneventful quick recovery, doctors said.

“There are many occasions in which donor livers get rejected. However, with this technology we can actually stop the deterioration and boost chance of successful liver transplantations,” says MD, Yashoda Group of Hospitals, Dr GS Rao.

The transplant surgeons of the hospital have maintained that the machine was an important breakthrough in the field of organ transplantation.

“Cadaver livers are accepted based on liver function test, ultrasound and its appearance hence a lot of livers get rejected and retrieval is not attempted at all. However, with this machine, we can get a real time picture of the quality and function of the donated liver, thus increasing the use of marginal livers. Needless to say, the results too will improve,” said senior liver transplant surgeon, Yashoda Hospitals, Dr. Balachandra Menon.