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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 108-114

Use of donors at age extremes for simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplant

Comprehensive Transplant Center, Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ashraf El-Hinnawi
OSU Wexner Medical Center, Faculty Tower, 395 W 12th Ave, First Floor, Columbus, OH - 43210-1267
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijmbs.ijmbs_8_18

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Introduction: There is a shortage of optimal pancreatic donors for simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant (SPKT), as such there is interest in utilizing donors at extremes of age to expand the donor pool. We sought to evaluate outcomes in SPKT from pediatric donors (PDs) to older donors (ODs). Patients and Methods: We identified patients who underwent simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant at a single, high-volume institution from 1988–2013. We evaluated for differences in transplant organ function (estimated glomerular filtration rate [GFR], serum glucose, and urine amylase), early (technical) graft loss, and patient and graft survival. Results: A total of 729 SPKT were performed during the study, with 32 PDs, 652 standard donors (SDs), and 45 ODs. Renal function was slightly worse in OD. Otherwise, graft function was similar between all three groups at up to 5 years. There was no difference in censored survival analyses for both kidney and pancreas allografts. There was comparable short-term and long-term patient survival among all groups. Conclusions: Overall, the use of pancreas from pediatric and ODs for SPKT has comparable outcome to SDs. Kidneys from donors above 50 may have lower GFR, but otherwise, have comparable long-term patient and graft survival.

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