DireCt Lung Ultrasound Evaluation (CLUE): A Novel Technique for Monitoring Extravascular Lung Water in Donor Lungs

The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
DireCt Lung Ultrasound Evaluation (CLUE): A Novel Technique for Monitoring Extravascular Lung Water in Donor Lungs
The amount of extravascular lung water (EVLW) could change in donor lungs in a time-dependent fashion during the procurement process. For brain dead donors, EVLW amount can be affected by the proinflammatory response, cardiac dysfunction, ventilator management or fluid replacement during the donor management period.1 In the circumstance of donation after circulatory death, hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction and profound catecholamine surge occurring after withdrawal of life-sustaining therapy could dramatically change the EVLW content in donor lungs.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation

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