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Revista médica de Chile

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BUGEDO, Guillermo; BRAVO, Sebastián; ROMERO, Carlos  and  CASTRO, Ricardo. Management of the potential organ donor. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2014, vol.142, n.12, pp.1584-1593. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872014001200012.

Solid organ transplantation is limited by donor availability. The loss of brain function produces hemodynamic, respiratory, hormonal and metabolic changes that lead to hypotension and organ dysfunction. Management of a potential donor is similar to any critically ill patient. Cardiovascular stability and protective ventilatory support must be pursued, aimed at minimizing the local and systemic inflammatory response that is triggered by brain death. There is no consensus on protocols for hormonal supplementation. The administration of vasopressin analogues and steroids may be beneficial under certain conditions. Appropriate medical management helps to optimize the function of different organs prior to transplantation. This may increase the number of harvested organs and improve their functional outcome in the recipient.

Keywords : Brain death; Living donors; Organ transplantation; Tissue donors.

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