Jun 1, 2022

Organ Transplant Breakthrough Shows Human Liver Can Survive Outside The Body For Days

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

When a donor organ becomes available to someone in need of a transplant, medical personnel need to act quickly. It only takes a few hours for expanding ice crystals to damage delicate tissue, leaving a window of less than 12 hours to assess, transport, and implant the new organ.

This not only creates a tremendous time crunch to perform a delicate procedure, but leaves many organs unviable for transplantation.

But a new breakthrough could vastly improve the landscape of liver transplantation: Scientists kept a liver preserved for three days, in non-frozen conditions, before transplanting it into a patient.

Comments are closed.