WTC 2014: Neonatal donor kidneys

By: Liset Pengel | Posted on: 25th August 2014

Dr Richard Perez presented a fascinating abstract on the use of of neonatal donor kidneys. The mean donor age was 20 days and 70% of kidneys came from DCD donors. Twenty recipients with a mean weight of 54 kg received infant kidneys. There has been no deaths but 4 early graft failures. The surgical complications rate was 55% and the rate of DGF was 40%. These promising results show that neonatal donor kidneys although challenging should be considered as a potential source of kidneys available for transplantation.

(Perez R, Santhanakrishnan C, Demattos A, McVicar J, Troppmann C. The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) as a source of deceased donor kidneys for transplantation: initial experience with 20 cases)

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