Laboratory Tests for Transplanted Organs

Organs and tissues for transplantation are procured before and during autopsy. Tissues that can be donated at or after death include the eyes and various other tissues that remain viable for up to 24 hours: cornea (several days), heart valves, bones, tendons, fascia, veins, and arteries.  

following Laboratory Tests are required for Transplanted Organs.
Laboratory Tests for Organ Transplants
Organ Transplant
Test Required
For all
Complete blood count (CBC), white blood cell count, creatinine, blood urea nitrogen, electrolytes, prothrombin time, partial thromboplastin time
Bilirubin (direct and indirect), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase
(AST), gammaglutamyl transpeptidase (GGT), alkaline phosphatase, lactate dehydrogenase
Glucose, amylase, lipase
Bilirubin (direct and indirect)
Arterial blood gases (ABGs), creatinine kinase (CK), CK-MB

Toxins that can be found in transplanted organs.

TOXIN                                       ORGANS TRANSPLANTED

Acetaminophen                      Heart, cornea, kidney

Carbon monoxide                  Heart, liver, kidney, pancreas

Barbiturate                               Liver, heart, kidney

Ethanol                                       Kidney

Cocaine                                       Liver, kidney

Cyanide                                       Cornea, skin, bone, heart, liver, kidney, pancreas

Methaqualone                          Liver

Benzodiazepines                     Kidney, heart, liver

Tricyclic antidepressants    Kidney

Methanol                                    Kidney

Insulin                                         Kidney, heart, pancreas (islet cells)


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