Lung recruitment after cardiac arrest during procurement of atelectatic donor lungs is a protective measure in lung transplantation
Original Article

Lung recruitment after cardiac arrest during procurement of atelectatic donor lungs is a protective measure in lung transplantation

Eito Niman1, Kentaroh Miyoshi1, Toshio Shiotani1, Tomohiro Toji2, Takuro Igawa3, Shinji Otani1, Mikio Okazaki1, Seiichiro Sugimoto1, Masaomi Yamane1, Shinichi Toyooka1

1Department of General Thoracic Surgery and Breast and Endocrinological Surgery, Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama, Japan; 2Department of Diagnostic Pathology, Okayama University Hospital, Okayama, Japan; 3Department of Pathology, Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama, Japan

Contributions: (I) Conception and design: K Miyoshi, E Niman; (II) Administrative support: M Okazaki, S Otani, S Sugimoto, M Yamane, S Toyooka; (III) Provision of study materials or patients: E Niman, K Miyoshi, T Shiotani; (IV) Collection and assembly of data: E Niman, K Miyoshi, T Shiotani, M Yamane; (V) Data analysis and interpretation: E Niman, K Miyoshi, T Toji, T Igawa, S Sugimoto, S Toyooka; (VI) Manuscript writing: All authors; (VII) Final approval of manuscript: All authors.

Correspondence to: Kentaroh Miyoshi, MD, PhD. Department of General Thoracic Surgery and Breast and Endocrinological Surgery, Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Science, 2-5-1, Shikata-cho, kita-ku, Okayama 700-8558, Japan. Email:

Background: Brain-dead donors are susceptible to pulmonary atelectasis (AT). In procurement surgery, lung recruitment under circulatory conditions and cold-flushing for atelectatic donor lungs often provoke graft injury due to the acute blood inflow. We hypothesized that lung recruitment without blood circulation can mitigate graft injury. This study aimed to examine the benefits of lung recruitment subsequent to cardiac arrest using a porcine lung-transplant model.

Methods: Thirteen donor pigs were categorized into the non-atelectatic (No-AT) group (n=3) representing a healthy control group; AT-BCR group (n=5), in which AT was reverted by conventional blood-circulated recruitment (BCR); and AT-no-BCR group (n=5), in which AT was reverted by no-BCR following circulatory arrest. In the atelectatic donor models, the left main bronchus was ligated for 24 hours prior to lung procurement. Left lung transplantation (LTx) was subsequently performed in the thirteen recipient pigs. After 6 hours evaluation, the recipients were euthanized and the lung grafts were excised.

Results: The post-transplant PaO2/FiO2 ratio was significantly higher in the AT-no-BCR group than in the AT-BCR group (P=0.015). Wet/dry ratio, histological findings of graft injury and tissue interleukin-8 expression in the AT-no-BCR group were similar to those of the No-AT group.

Conclusions: Lung recruitment without circulation after circulatory arrest could be more protective for atelectatic donor lung than the conventional procedure.

Keywords: Lung transplantation (LTx); lung recruitment maneuver; atelectasis; protective procurement

Submitted Feb 19, 2022. Accepted for publication Jun 01, 2022.

doi: 10.21037/jtd-22-226


The application of lung transplantation (LTx) as a therapy for end-stage lung disease is limited due to donor shortage (1). Marginal or extended donor lungs are widely used currently to solve this problem. Although long-term survival after LTx using extended donor lungs is acceptable, short-term outcomes, such as a higher grade of primary graft dysfunction (PGD) and longer intensive care unit and hospital stays, may be less acceptable (2,3). There are diverse potentially detrimental donor factors in LTx, but lung atelectasis (AT) is a common and definitively influential conditions occurring in donors. The lungs of brain-dead donors often collapse in the supine position under prolonged management with mechanical ventilation. In a previous study, approximately 33% marginal potential donors showed evidence of collapse/consolidation/pleural effusion on chest radiography (4). Lungs from extended donors are often successfully transplanted when AT is recovered through procurement procedure. Some studies have shown that donor lungs with large or long-term AT can be usable (5,6). However, atelectatic donor lungs are occasionally vulnerable to critical edema, triggered by lung-recruitment maneuver and cold flushing, which a major cause of severe PGD after LTx. According to a study by the Cleveland group, roughly 30% lungs from obese donors with AT were not recovered due to functional deterioration after the recruitment procedure (7).

When compression AT is reverted, rapid blood inflow with sudden alveolar distention causes a loss of surfactant protein and expression of inflammatory cytokines. The subsequent increase in pulmonary capillary pressure, hydrostatic pressure, and capillary permeability results in pulmonary edema and hypoxia (8,9). In the standard lung-procurement procedure, an elaborate lung recruitment maneuver is performed before aortic clamping to evaluate lung function and gross findings. However, this procedure can cause the pathology leading to lung edema in the bodies of cadaveric organ donors, especially those subject to the systemic inflammatory condition of brain death-related cytokine storms.

We hypothesized that lung injury can be mitigated if AT can be reverted under no blood-circulated conditions to avoid rapid blood inflow with alveolar distention. This situation can be achieved during the procurement procedure by scheduling the lung recruitment maneuver after aortic clamping (cardiac arrest), instead of before. This study aimed to investigate the potential benefit of the no blood-circulated recruitment (BCR) maneuver, eliminating AT without blood flow, using an animal-transplant model. We present the following article in accordance with the ARRIVE reporting checklist (available at


Study design

Thirteen pairs of Landrace domestic pigs were used as donors and recipients. All of these pigs were male conventional animal and were purchased from Okayama JA Chikusan Co. (Okayama, Japan). Ten donors were randomly divided with numbered container method into two atelectatic donor groups according to the procurement procedure: blood-circulated recruitment (AT-BCR) group (n=5) and no-BCR maneuver (AT-no-BCR) group (n=5). The remaining three donors were included in the non-atelectatic (No-AT) control LTx group (n=3) (Figure 1). Since the No-AT group plays a mere role to verify the baseline data as negative control, the sample size of the group was limited to minimize the number of animals from an ethical perspective. After a 24 hours intervention of experimentally modeled lung AT in each donor pig, its left lung was transplanted to a corresponding recipient pig. Lung graft function was evaluated for 6 hours after LTx and compared between the three groups. The animals received humane care according to the Principles of Laboratory Animal Care (formulated by the National Society for Medical Research) and the Policy on the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Okayama University. The study protocol was prepared before the study and approved by the Animal Care and Use Committee of Okayama University (No. OKU-2017 269).

Figure 1 Three experimental groups were defined according to the presence or absence of AT intervention and the timing of lung recruitment maneuver. In the AT-no-BCR group, lung recruitment was performed following aortic clamping and circulatory arrest. AT, atelectasis; BCR, blood-circulated-recruitment.

Animal preparation and anesthesia

Ketamine chloride and atropine sulfate were injected intramuscularly as a premedication. The airway was secured orally during donor intervention for atelectatic modelling and through tracheostomy in procurement and transplant surgery. The tidal volume, respiratory rate, and end-expiratory pressure was set at 12 mL/kg, 12/min, and 5 cmH2O, respectively. General anesthesia was maintained with 100% oxygen, sevoflurane, and vecuronium bromide. Peak airway pressure, tidal volume, systemic blood pressure, pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP), and central venous pressure (CVP) were monitored continuously.

Donor atelectasis model

Muscle-sparing left lateral thoracotomy with 12–15 cm skin incision was performed on each donor pig after intravenous administration of amoxicillin. The left main bronchus was encircled with 1-0 silk and ligated using the tourniquet procedure. As for the setting of mechanical ventilator, the tidal volume was 8 mL/kg (body weight). Additionally, the chest cavity was filled with 150 mL of saline at 37 ℃. Following the confirmation of atelectatic change in the left lung (Figure 2A), the chest was tightly closed. After the recovery from anesthesia and administration of ketoprofen for analgesia, each pig was placed in a compartment cage and rested overnight.

Figure 2 Macroscopic findings of AT donor model and lung graft procured from AT donors. (A) In AT donor groups, left main bronchus was clamped with tourniquet. Left lung was promptly collapsed completely; (B) macroscopic findings of lung graft in AT-BCR group immediately after procurement; (C) macroscopic findings of lung graft in AT-no-BCR group immediately after procurement. AT, atelectasis; BCR, blood-circulated recruitment.

Procurement surgery and lung recruitment procedures in each study group

After the 24 hours intervention of left lung AT, donor pigs were re-anesthetized. In the No-AT and AT-BCR groups, the lung recruitment maneuver was performed immediately after median sternotomy. In the AT-no-BCR group, the lung recruitment maneuver was performed between aortic clamping and cold flushing in no blood-circulated and normothermic states. In all the groups, elimination of AT with no barotrauma was achieved by careful manual ventilation procedures with the airway pressure of 25 cmH2O or less. Heparin (200 U/kg) was administered 10 minutes before aortic clamping in each group. Topical cooling of heart and lungs with crushed ice and cutoff of superior and inferior vena cava was performed at the same time as aortic clamping. These procedures resulted in prompt cardiac arrest and removal of blood from right heart system to prevent from perfusing pulmonary artery and lung. A liter of low potassium dextran glucose solution chilled at 4 ℃ was used to flush both lungs. After final lung recruitment and clamping of trachea, the semi-inflated heart-lung block was excised and stored in a refrigerator set at 4 ℃ until implantation.

Recipient operation and evaluation of post-transplant graft function

Each recipient pig underwent left pneumonectomy and single-LTx through the left fourth intercostal space using standard techniques. Data collection was started 30 minutes after reperfusion and was continued for 6 hours. To measure the gas exchange capacity of the lung graft as the primary outcome, the right main pulmonary artery was intermittently taped and blocked with a tourniquet for one minute at each measurement. Dynamic lung compliance was measured under double lung ventilation. After a 6 hours evaluation, the pig was euthanized, and the lung allograft was excised for tissue sampling.

Wet weight-to-dry weight (W/D) ratio

The W/D ratio of the graft tissue was analyzed to evaluate edema caused by reperfusion injury. The drying procedure involved placing the lung allograft in an oven at 80 ℃ for 2 weeks after acquiring tissue samples.

Cytokine assay of allograft tissue

A section of peripheral lung tissue was acquired from the basal edge of the left lower lobe at the end of the 6 hours evaluation period. The sample was frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored at −80 ℃. The levels of tissue interleukin (IL)-8 in the implanted lungs were measured to evaluate the extent of reperfusion injury. One hundred milligrams of tissue sample (wet mass) was homogenized and incubated in 800 µL of tissue lysis buffer [Cell extraction buffer (Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA, USA)] and mixed with protease inhibitors [PMSF protease inhibitors (Thermo Fisher Scientific) and protease inhibitor cocktail powder (Sigma-Aldrich, St Louis, MO, USA)]. Tissue debris was discarded after centrifugation at 4 ℃ and 13,000 rpm for 10 minutes. IL-8 levels in the extracted solution were assayed using enzyme-linked immunoassay kits [IL-8 porcine ELISA kit (Thermo Fisher Scientific)]. The optical density (OD) of each well was read at 450 nm with a Flex Station 3 Multi-Mode Microplate Reader (Molecular Devices, San Jose, CA, USA) at the Central Research Laboratory, Okayama University Medical School. The concentration of cytokines was calculated by converting the OD readings against a standard curve.

Histological evaluation

A peripheral lung tissue block collected from basal edge of the left lower lobe and apex of the left upper lobe was fixed in 10% buffered formalin and embedded in paraffin. Sectioned samples were stained with hematoxylin and eosin for histological evaluation under a light microscope. Two boarded pathologists evaluated these samples with lung injury score in randomized and blinded fashion. The lung injury score includes interstitial edema, intra-alveolar edema, hemorrhage, cell infiltration and hyaline membrane formation. The severity of these findings were graded as 0: absent, 1: trivial (1–20% of the field), 2: mild (20–40%), 3: moderate (40–60%) and 4: severe (>60%) (10,11).

Statistical analysis

All data are expressed as mean ± standard deviation (SD). The error bars show SD. Baseline parameters, W/D ratio, tissue cytokine levels and lung injury score were compared using one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA). Repeated measures ANOVA were used for the analysis of serial measurements. Statistical significance was set at P<0.05. All statistical analyses were performed using Excel Statistics, v3.00, RRID: SCR_017294.


Baseline parameters

Table 1 summarizes the baseline parameters of the animals used in this study. There was no significant difference in the baseline conditions of the donor and recipient pigs among the three groups. PPVO2 after AT indicates the oxygen partial pressure of the blood from the left donor pulmonary vein sampled immediately after the ligation of left main bronchus in preparation surgery making atelectatic models, representing the function of the collapsed left lung. PPVO2 after AT were equally low in both AT groups (AT-BCR group: 48.0±5.2, AT-no-BCR group: 49.5±11.3, P=0.208). In procurement surgery, PPVO2 just prior to aortic clamping was significantly lower in AT-BCR group than No-AT group. In AT-no-BCR group, PPVO2 prior to aortic clamping was extremely low because AT of left lung was not eliminated at this timing yet (No-AT group: 495.5±29.8 mmHg and AT-BCR group: 266.4±114.9 mmHg, AT-no-BCR group: 46.9±5.1 mmHg, P<0.001). These results verified that optimal atelectatic intervention was administered to the experimental AT groups. There was no significant difference in cold ischemic time among three groups (No-AT group: 302.0±13.1 minutes, AT-BCR group: 311.7±25.0 minutes, AT-no-BCR group: 319.7±7.9 minutes, P=0.457).

Table 1

Baseline parameters

Parameters No-AT (n=3) AT-BCR (n=5) AT-no-BCR (n=5) P value
   Weight (kg) 29.3±1.2 26.7±5.8 26.9±5.2 0.781
   PaO2/FiO2 (mmHg) 497.6±18.7 481.0±93.2 521.5±34.9 0.675
   Mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mmHg) 27.3±3.5 23.8±4.4 20.4±3.6 0.161
   Cardiac output (L/min) 2.9±0.1 3.4±1.0 2.7±0.6 0.441
   PPVO2 after AT (mmHg) 48.0±5.2 49.5±11.3 0.208
   PPVO2 prior to aortic clamp (mmHg) 495.5±29.8 266.4±114.9 46.9±5.1 <0.001
   Weight (kg) 28.8±0.6 27.3±5.4 26.9±5.4 0.793
   PaO2/FiO2 (mmHg) 535.5±22.4 497.3±19.4 473.6±54.8 0.193
   Mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mmHg) 27.3±1.5 26.6±6.2 24.5±6.7 0.708
   Cardiac output (L/min) 3.2±0.5 3.3±0.8 3.5±0.7 0.896
   Cold ischemic time (min) 302.0±13.1 311.7±25.0 319.7±7.9 0.457

Values are presented as mean ± SD. AT, atelectasis; BCR, blood-circulated recruitment; SD, standard deviation.

Evaluation of graft function in the three groups

Macroscopic findings of the lung graft immediately after procurement in AT-BCR group and AT-no-BCR group are shown in Figure 2B,2C. The left lung graft procured with no-BCR maneuver was less edematous than the graft procured with conventional BCR maneuver. The graft function, represented by the gas exchange capacity within the first 6 hours after transplantation, is shown in Figure 3A. Immediately after reperfusion, the PaO2/FiO2 ratio was 479.0±76.3, 248.4±129.2, and 386.5±66.9 mmHg in the No-AT, AT-BCR, and AT-no-BCR groups, respectively. The AT-no-BCR group showed significantly better oxygenation than the AT-BCR group throughout the post-transplant observation time (P=0.015). Hemodynamics after transplantation were similar among three groups. Mean PAP of the graft with occluding right main pulmonary artery is shown in Figure 3B. Dynamic lung compliance was lower in both the AT groups than in the No-AT group. Although there was no statistical difference, lung compliance tended to decrease gradually in the AT-BCR group and remains stable in the AT-no-BCR group (Figure 3C).

Figure 3 Comparison of post-transplant lung function among the three groups. (A) PaO2/FiO2 ratio; (B) mean PAP with occluding right main pulmonary artery; (C) dynamic compliance of the lung graft. AT, atelectasis; BCR, blood-circulated recruitment; PAP, pulmonary arterial pressure.

W/D ratio of the lung graft excised after 6 hours reperfusion

The mean W/D ratio was 6.51±0.16, 7.52±0.40 and 7.09±0.54 in the No-AT, AT-BCR, and AT-no-BCR groups, respectively. Although the difference between the AT-BCR group and the AT-no-BCR group does not reach statistical significance, the AT-BCR group showed significantly higher value than the No-AT group and there was no significant difference between the AT- no-BCR group and the No-AT group (Figure 4A).

Figure 4 Comparison of post-transplant graft tissue injury. (A) W/D ratio and (B) tissue IL-8 levels of graft tissue excised after the 6 hours post-transplant time; W/D ratio, wet weight-to-dry weight ratio; AT, atelectasis; BCR, blood-circulated recruitment.

Tissue IL-8 expression

The tissue IL-8 levels in the AT-no-BCR group and the No-AT group were comparable. The IL-8 levels in the AT-BCR group (10,466.0±5,658.9 pg/mL) were higher than those in the other groups; however, they were not significantly different from the levels in the AT- no-BCR group (No-AT: 7,263.6±185.0 pg/mL, P=0.49; AT-no-BCR: 7,254.0±1,550.3 pg/mL, P=0.39; Figure 4B).

Histological findings and lung injury score

Representative histological findings in the graft tissue (Figure 5) and comparison of lung injury score among the three groups at the end of the 6 hours evaluation (Figure 6) are shown. Lung injury scores in the AT-no-BCR group and the No-AT group were comparable. The overall lung injury score in the AT-BCR group (13.75±4.46) tended to be higher than those in the other groups although the difference does not reach statistical significance (No-AT: 11.33±8.88, P=0.26; AT-no-BCR: 11.30±4.78, P=0.16). Looking at each single scoring factor, however, the score of intra-alveolar edema in the AT-BCR group was significantly higher than the AT-no-BCR group (AT-BCR group: 2.55±1.10, AT-no-BCR group: 1.70±1.03, P=0.032). Furthermore, the scores of cell infiltration and hyaline membrane formation in the AT-BCR group were significantly higher than the No-AT group (No-AT group: 2.92±0.52 and 1.58±0.52, AT-BCR group: 3.70±0.81 and 2.60±1.10, P=0.026 and 0.028).

Figure 5 Representative histological findings in the graft tissue stained with hematoxylin and eosin at the end of the 6 hours evaluation after lung transplantation. AT, atelectasis; BCR, blood-circulated recruitment.
Figure 6 Lung injury score in the graft tissue at the end of the 6 hours evaluation after lung transplantation. Higher intra-alveolar edema, neutrophilic infiltration and hyaline membrane formation was observed in the AT-BCR group than in other groups. AT, atelectasis; BCR, blood-circulated recruitment.


Donor lungs with broad AT often result in problematic pulmonary edema during lung procurement procedures. This is one of the major reasons for discarding donor lungs. This study focused on the lung recruitment maneuver in procurement surgery as a potential method of ameliorating injury from AT and increasing organ-utilization rates. The results demonstrated that lung recruitment prior to aortic clamping induced lung graft injuries, as seen in the AT-BCR group. Conversely, aortic clamping prior to recruitment, as seen in the experimental AT-no-BCR group, demonstrated better post-transplant lung function and lower grade of tissue reperfusion injury than the conventional procedure. Thus, this study shows that no blood-circulated conditions can potentially ameliorate the harmful effects of lung recruitment maneuvers on atelectatic donor lungs in the LTx setting.

In this study, the AT-BCR group exhibited substantially lower lung function than the control group immediately after reperfusion following transplantation. The conditions of cold static preservation were set equally among all groups. This implies that lung injury in the AT-BCR group had occurred inside the donor body where the atelectatic lungs were inflated under blood-circulated conditions. This scenario mimics the phenomenon found in re-expansion pulmonary edema (RPE). Several studies have reported that inflammatory and pro-inflammatory cytokines play important roles in the development of RPE (12-14). The complex inflammatory communication triggered by RPE prompts the development of severe ischemia-reperfusion injury (15). Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α is a typical early-phase pro-inflammatory cytokine that induces apoptosis and organ injury and triggers cytokine network activation (16). IL-8 is upregulated by TNF-α and IL-1β affecting over several hours of activity (17,18). The locally produced IL-8 leads to neutrophil infiltration and tissue injury (19). Inflammatory cytokine storm conditions are also found in brain-dead donor organs. It was reported that IL-8 levels in perfusate is related to post transplant outcome in clinical ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) cases (20). The levels of IL-8 in the lung tissue excised after 6 hours of evaluation in this study were also elevated in the AT intervention groups.

The results of this animal study suggest that the process of recovery from AT in the donor lung can be more critically influential under blood-circulated conditions than generally recognized. This finding is supported by previous research and clinical reports. In an EVLP circuit using a controlled donation-after-circulatory-death (DCD) donor model, Lindstedt et al. reported that elimination of AT without perfusion reduces lung injury and lung edema (21). Furthermore, no blood-circulated inflation procedures in lung procurement from a DCD donor potentially contribute to the reported favorable post-transplant outcomes of this LTx category. The survival outcome of controlled DCD LTx was better than expected and comparable to that of the standard LTx using brain-dead donor lungs in previous studies (22,23). We speculate that this unexpectedly satisfactory clinical outcome can be partly attributed to the DCD procurement process in which lung recruitment is performed after circulatory arrest. Overall, we believe that the lung recruitment procedure under no blood-circulated conditions is substantially more protective of donor lungs than the BCR procedure under unstable, inflammatory donor-systemic conditions.

When applying the no-BCR approach in lung procurement surgery, there would be some debate regarding the assessment of donor lungs. The consensus document by the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation recommends that lung graft function should be validated after elimination of AT in the procurement surgery (24). Lung procurement procedure with no-BCR procedure, as described in this study, makes it difficult to conduct blood gas analysis in the no-AT condition for final evaluation. However, even if full blood gas assessment cannot be performed, the usability of lungs explanted through the no-BCR procedure can be adequately verified by an experienced surgeon using multiple-donor clinical parameters such as donor’s background information, laboratory assessments, bronchoscopic and radiological findings, gross inspection, and those transitional changes in the process. In addition, EVLP could be also an alternative powerful tool as needed and used to examine and improve usability of lungs with favorable clinical outcomes (25,26). Another point of potential arguments may be the actual no-BCR procedure in clinical setting that can interrupt the process of heart retrieval. However, lung recruitment procedure does not take so long time that it can be completed along with the cold flushing process for heart.

This study has several limitations. Being an animal study, it did not fully represent the actual clinical practice of LTx. Although total donor lung collapse was not common in clinical setting, we applied a completely atelectatic donor model to avoid the influence of healthy lobe on the experimental results and explore the definitive effect of no-BCR on the atelectatic donor lungs. Moreover, invasive thoracotomy was performed to establish the experimental AT donor model. Although the AT intervention was adequately and sufficiently performed in the experimental donor model, the condition of brain death was not reproduced in this study. It is unclear whether and how the brain-death condition in itself affects donor-lung AT and recruitment conditions.

In conclusion, the recruitment maneuver for collapsed lung allografts might be better performed following aortic clamping and under no blood-circulated conditions to ameliorate injury from re-expansion edema. Clinical research is warranted to verify the protective effect of the no-BCR procedure and the potential to increase the organ utilization rate. It might be preferable to apply EVLP to reinforce the critical assessment of the recovered donor lungs for clinical safety and ethical perspectives.


The authors thank Mr. Tetsuo Kawakami for his technical assistance.

Funding: This study was supported by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science KAKENHI (grant number JP17K10785 to KM).


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Cite this article as: Niman E, Miyoshi K, Shiotani T, Toji T, Igawa T, Otani S, Okazaki M, Sugimoto S, Yamane M, Toyooka S. Lung recruitment after cardiac arrest during procurement of atelectatic donor lungs is a protective measure in lung transplantation. J Thorac Dis 2022;14(8):2802-2811. doi: 10.21037/jtd-22-226

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