News by Press Association 18/04/2018, 6:17 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter A machine which keeps a liver “alive” outside the body for up to 24 hours before a transplant could have a “transformative effect” on organ waiting lists, scientists have said. The normothermic machine perfusion process maintains the liver at body temperature, supplying it with oxygenated blood, medication and nutrients – similar to a patient on life support. When compared to a standard technique, it increased the number of livers suitable for transplant, preserved them for longer and reduced the amount of injury to the organ, according to research published in the journal Nature. Livers are conventionally kept cold in an ice box as they are transported to the patient for transplant, which can cause damage. A study of 220 liver transplant patients – the first randomised controlled trial to compare normothermic machine perfusion with cold storage in human liver transplants – found the method led to a 50% reduction in graft injuries. There was also a 54% increase in the mean duration over which livers were preserved and a 50% lower rate of organ discard, according to the study. This meant 20%… Read full this story
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