Sensitization in Heart Transplantation Emerging Knowledge

Published: February 19, 2019

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  • Sensitization, defined as the presence of circulating human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies, presents challenges for heart transplant recipients and physicians.
  • The presence of sensitization in transplant patients can delay or restrict access to organ transplantation.
  • Sensitization can impact morbidity and mortality of the patient awaiting transplant or the patient with transplant.