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Korean J Crit Care Med. 2010 Jun;25(2):89-92. English. Case Report.
Kim SY , Koh SO , Yoo YC , Kim HK , Yun TJ , Chang EJ , Na S .
Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Anaesthesia and Pain Research Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Asan Midical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

The major limitation to heart transplantation is the shortage of donor organs. In order to increase the cardiac donor pool, it is important to maintain stable hemodynamics and closely monitor cardiac function in cadaveric organ donors or potent donors. Recently, management of a potential cardiac donor pool has focused on aggressive hemodynamic management protocols and dobutamine stress echocardiography. In our case, management with low dose dobutamine, glucose-insulin-potassium (GIK), and hormone therapy reversed heart failure following brain death and the heart was successfully transplanted. We suggest that aggressive hemodynamic management with low-dose dobutamine, GIK, and hormone therapy can result in the recruitment of more cadaveric hearts in marginal conditions.

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