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Transplant: Research Makes More Organs Count

4 monthes ago   |   By Discovery's Edge

Several years ago, a surgeon checked on his patient and was pleased to find her sipping hot coffee in her hospital bed just one day after a lung transplant. If he was looking for a sign that the operation went well, he found it that morning. Delight turned to devastation a few days later when the patient developed a serious complication. Despite extensive lifesaving efforts by her care team, she did not survive.
"It was an upsetting outcome that left me scratching my head for weeks," recalls Mark Wylam, M.D. , a Mayo Clinic pulmonologist. His patient died from excess ammonia in her blood...
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