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abstract

  • Over the past decade, improvements in the technique of lung preservation have led to significant reduction in the incidence of ischemia-reperfusion-induced lung injury after lung transplantation. The challenge remains to improve the number of donor lungs available for transplantation. While the number of patients on the waiting list is constantly increasing, only 10% to 30% of donor lungs are currently being used for transplantation. Hence, the development of new strategies to assess, repair, and improve the quality of the lungs could have a tremendous impact on the number of transplants performed. In addition, an improved understanding of the mechanisms involved in lung preservation might help elucidate the potential link between acute lung injury and chronic graft dysfunction. In the future, genetic analysis using novel technologies such as microarray analysis will help researchers determine which genes control the injury seen in the transplantation process. Hopefully, this information will provide new insights into the mechanisms of injury and reveal potential new strategies and targets for therapies to improve lung preservation.

publication date

  • August 2003