Orthotopic cardiac transplantation technique: a survey of current practice.

  title={Orthotopic cardiac transplantation technique: a survey of current practice.},
  author={Tarek Mohamed Abdel Aziz and Malcolm I. Burgess and Adam El-Gamel and Colin S. Campbell and Atiar M. Rahman and Abdul K Deiraniya and Nizar A Yonan},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  volume={68 4},
BACKGROUND The Lower and Shumway technique has been the gold standard for orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT) for the past 35 years. In the last decade the bicaval and total techniques have been introduced but it is unclear how these alternative techniques have influenced the current surgical practice of OHT. METHODS A worldwide survey of 210 International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation centers was conducted by questionnaire: 169 replies were received; a response rate of 80… CONTINUE READING

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