Washington • Federal health regulators have approved a novel device for preserving donated lungs outside the body for possible transplantation into critically ill patients.
The Food and Drug Administration said approval of the XVIVO Perfusion System could lead to more successful transplants of lungs for people with cystic fibrosis and other respiratory diseases. It is made by
The device consists of a bubble-like chamber where the lungs are stored and connected to a series of pumps and filters that provide oxygen and a sterile cleansing solution. Lungs can be kept in the machine for four hours as doctors evaluate their suitability for transplant.