Required laboratory tests in evaluation of a patient under consideration for transplantation include all of the following EXCEPT
|C||Complete blood count|
|D||Prothrombin time and activated partial thromboplastin time|
a. The preoperative evaluation can be divided into four parts: medical, surgical, immunologic, and psychosocial.
b. Mortality posttransplant usually is due to underlying cardiovascular disease, so a detailed cardiac evaluation is necessary.
c. The immunologic evaluation involves determining blood type, tissue type (HLA-A, -B, or -DR antigens), and presence of any cytotoxic antibodies against HLA antigens (because of prior transplants, blood transfusions, or pregnancies).
d. If a living-donor transplant is planned, a cross-match should be performed early on during the initial evaluation.
e. Invasive procedures like cardiac catherisation is not required before cardiac transplantation.