Heart Transplantation

  • Herwig Antretter
  • Guenther Laufer
  • Janet E. Kuhlman
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Heart transplantation (HTX) has evolved over the past 39 years from a rarely performed experimental procedure to a clinically well established therapy with an excellent circumoperative outcome regarding survival and quality of life. It was Christiaan Barnard who performed unexpectedly the first successfulhuman-to-humanhearttransplant(allograft) on 3 December, 1967 at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa (Barnard 1967, 1968); however, outstanding efforts to develop this surgical therapy were made by Norman Shumway and Richard Lower at Stanford University (Lower and Shumway 1960; Shumway et al. 1966) overalongperiod of time. Norman Shumway himself performed the fourth heart transplant in the world in January 1968, which was the first adult human to human heart transplantation in the United States.


Heart Transplantation Superior Vena Cava Left Ventricular Assist Device Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Cardiac Allograft 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Herwig Antretter
    • 1
  • Guenther Laufer
    • 1
  • Janet E. Kuhlman
    • 2
  1. 1.Klinische Abteilung für HerzchirurgieUniversitätsklinik für ChirurgieAustria
  2. 2.Department of Radiology, Thoracic Imaging SectionUniversity of Wisconsin Medical SchoolMadisonUSA

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