Recent developments in persufflation for organ preservation

Catherine G. Min, Klearchos K. Papas

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Purpose of review To summarize current literature and recent findings on the potential of humidified oxygenated gas perfusion (persufflation) as an alternative method for improved organ preservation. Recent findings Although there are some conflicting data, the majority of the evidence suggests that persufflation, by enhancing oxygenation, can improve preservation and even rescue organs, including organs with prior exposure to warm ischemia. In some cases, persufflation produced better results than hypothermic machine perfusion. The timing of persufflation is of importance; benefits of persufflation appear to increase as the timing of its administration postprocurement decreases. This may be particularly true for tissues that are more sensitive to ischemia, such as the pancreas prior to islet isolation. Combining oxygen persufflation with nitric oxide and addition of pulsatile flow may provide further benefits and amplify its effects on improving transplant outcomes. Summary Persufflation is a promising, relatively simple, preservation technique that enables improved oxygenation, which provides protection and improvement in the graft condition during preservation and prior to transplantation. More detailed studies are needed to optimize persufflation and evaluate its short and long-term effects in vivo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)330-335
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Organ Transplantation
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018


  • organ preservation
  • organ quality
  • oxygenation
  • persufflation
  • resuscitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Transplantation


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