Young donors with severe acute kidney injury offer an opportunity to expand the donor pool

Julia Torabi, Jay A. Graham, Krystina Choinski, Sumanth Suresh, Attasit Chokechanachaisakul, Maria Ajaimy, Layla Kamal, Enver Akalin, Milan Kinkhabwala, Stuart Greenstein, Juan P. Rocca

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Background: This study assessed our experience transplanting kidneys from young donors with severe acute kidney injury. Methods: We performed a single center retrospective analysis of 315 kidney transplants between 1/1/2014-12/31/2016. Donor kidneys were classified according to the Acute Kidney Injury Network (AKIN) criteria. A case-matched cohort was created using recipient age, history of diabetes, donor specific antibody, donor age and donor after cardiac death. Primary endpoints were graft function measured by eGFR at 90 days and at 1-year. Results: Stage 3 AKIN recipients had significantly greater eGFR at one year (63.9 ml/min v. 51.2 ml/min, p < 0.001) compared to those with Stage 0 AKIN. This difference was abrogated when compared to a case matched cohort (eGFR at 90 days or 1 year; p > 0.05). Donor and recipient characteristics on eGFR at 1 year were analyzed using linear and logistic regression. Only donor age had a significant impact on recipient eGFR. Conclusions: Donor kidneys with severe acute injury can achieve optimal 1-year outcomes. Donor age is the most significant predictor of eGFR >45 ml/min after transplant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-13
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2019


  • Deceased donor kidney transplant
  • Kidney clinical
  • Kidney outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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