Aprotinin in lung transplantation is associated with an increased incidence of primary graft dysfunction

Silvana Marasco, David V Pilcher, Takahiro Oto, Wenly Chang, Anne Griffiths, Vincent Pellegrino, Justin C Y Chan, Michael John Bailey

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Aprotinin has been widely used to reduce bleeding and transfusion requirements in cardiac surgery and in lung transplantation. A recent study found a significant reduction in severe (grade III) primary graft dysfunction (PGD) in lung transplantation where aprotinin had been used. However, recently, concerns regarding the safety of aprotinin have been raised, and the future use of aprotinin is uncertain. In our institution, aprotinin has been widely used in cardiac surgery and transplantation. We decided to review our lung transplant caseload to investigate the impact of aprotinin on PGD and mortality and to guide our future clinical use of this antifibrinolytic
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420 - 425
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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