Abdominal Organ Transplantation: Noteworthy Literature in 2022

Semin Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2023 Jun;27(2):97-113. doi: 10.1177/10892532231169075. Epub 2023 Apr 10.


This review highlights noteworthy literature published in 2022 pertinent to anesthesiologists and critical care physicians caring for patients undergoing abdominal organ transplantation. We begin by exploring the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had across the field of abdominal organ transplantation, including the successful use of grafts procured from COVID-19-infected donors. In pancreatic transplantation, we highlight several studies on dexmedetomidine and ischemia-reperfusion injury, equity in transplantation, and medical management, as well as studies comparing pancreatic transplantation to islet cell transplantation. In our section on intestinal transplantation, we explore donor selection. Kidney transplantation topics include cardiovascular risk management, obesity, and intraoperative management, including fluid resuscitation, dexmedetomidine, and sugammadex. The liver transplantation section focuses on clinical trials, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses published in 2022 and covers a wide range of topics, including machine perfusion, cardiovascular issues, renal issues, and coagulation/transfusion.

Keywords: COVID-19; anesthesiology; intestine; kidney; liver; pancreas; transplantation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Dexmedetomidine*
  • Humans
  • Kidney Transplantation*
  • Organ Transplantation*
  • Pandemics


  • Dexmedetomidine