Should Jehovah’s Witness patients be listed for heart transplantation?

Elmistekawy E, Mesana TG, Ruel M
Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg 2012;15:716-719.
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Review by : O. Habler
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Based on the clinical case scenario of a 28-year old male Jehovah’s Witness (JW) patient requiring heart transplantation for dilated cardiomyopathy, Elmistekawy and colleagues performed a literature search focusing on the feasability of bloodless heart transplantation in JW patients. Five articles were identified describing successful bloodless heart transplant in 9 JW patients. Unfortunately, no details concerning the practical management in avoiding allogeneic transfusion are provided in the article. Additionally, other successful bloodless organ transplantations (kidney, kidney/pancreas, lung and liver transplants) in JW patients are briefly listed, again without any comment on practical management.

– Oliver Habler

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