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Agnieszka Hałoń, Dariusz D Patrzałek, Jerzy J Rabczyński
Ann Transplant 2002; 7(1): 15-19
Transplantation of organs and tissues procured from brain-dead organ donor (BDOD) is nowadays a common and desirable therapy for end-stag organ failure, especially kidneys, liver and heart. The majority of organs for transplantation are obtained from individuals with massive and irreversible central nervous system injury. This group of organ donors is however unsatisfactory and small according to needs. Significant percentage of multiorgan donors could be found among patients suffering from primary cerebral neoplasms as these rarely metastasize spontaneously outside the central nervous system. The paper presents the case of a 30-year-old male donor with a central nervous system tumor. Histogenesis, pathway of malignant dissemination, prognosis and the use of organ donor with cerebellar medulloblastoma are also discussed.