Question 9#

Required laboratory tests in evaluation of a patient under consideration for heart transplantation include all of the following EXCEPT:

A. Psychosocial evaluation
B. Cardiac catheterization
C. Dental examination
D. All of the above

Correct Answer is D


Pretransplant, both candidates and potential donors are evaluated to ensure their suitability for the procedure. Transplant candidates undergo echocardiography, right and left heart catheterization, evaluation for any undiagnosed malignancies, laboratory testing to assess the function of other organs (such as the liver, kidneys, and endocrine system), a dental examination, psychosocial evaluation, and appropriate screening (such as mammography, colonoscopy, and prostate-specific antigen testing). Once the evaluation is complete, the selection committee determines, at a multidisciplinary conference, whether or not a heart transplant is needed and is likely to be successful. Transplant candidates who meet all of the center's criteria are added to the waiting list, according to the UNOS criteria, which are based on health status.