The gradual onset brain death model: a relevant model to study organ donation and its consequences on the outcome after transplantation.
Organs used for transplantation are usually derived from heart-beating brain dead donors. However, brain death is known to have negative effects on donor organ quality, previously studied using a difficult to control sudden onset experimental model. We have now developed a reproducible gradual onset brain death model in rats without requiring inotropic support. Fisher inbred rats weighing 260-300 g were used. Brain death was induced by a gradual inflation of a subdurally placed balloon cathet...Expand abstract
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