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Owing to the increasing numbers of patients with end-stage congestive heart failure awaiting heart transplant and the limited number of suitable donor organs, a decrease in stringency of donor criteria has become widely accepted over the last decade. Here, we present a case of a heart donor with severe electrolyte imbalance, specifically severe hypokalemia, and severe hypernatremia. Despite this, heart transplant was a success, and the recipient was discharged from the hospital in good general condition. We recommend further study of this issue with a larger sample size.


Mohsen Mir Mohammad Sadeghi, Gholamreza Behdad Mehr, Amir Mir Mohammad Sadeghi, Pouya Mir Mohammad Sadeghi, Shahin Samani, Soheila Mansourian. Is severe electrolyte imbalance a contraindication for heart transplant? Experimental and clinical transplantation : official journal of the Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation. 2012 Feb;10(1):73-5

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