Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

Free Content En-Bloc Kidney Transplantation in the United States: An Analysis of United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) Data from 1987 to 2003

Download Article:

You have access to the full text article on a website external to Ingenta Connect.

Please click here to view this article on Wiley Online Library.

You may be required to register and activate access on Wiley Online Library before you can obtain the full text. If you have any queries please visit Wiley Online Library

With increasing donor organ shortages, en-bloc kidney (EBK) transplantation is an alternative to utilize very young or very old donor age cadaver kidneys for transplantation. Several single-center series have reported excellent graft survival (GS). We sought to determine national level registry-based patterns for GS and determine adjusted hazard ratios (AHR) for graft loss after EBK versus single kidney (SK) cadaver transplants.

Data reported to UNOS from 1987 to 2003 were analyzed using PHREG (SAS version 8.1) statistical procedures. Proportional hazards models were constructed that included multiple donor, recipient and surgical variables.

Of the 2160 EBK transplants reported, 77% were from donors < 5 years of age. EBK transplants had superior GS to SK transplants, when donor age was restricted to < 5 years (AHR 0.708, p < 0.001). GS at 1, 3 and 5 years post-transplant was superior with EBK (85%, 76% and 71%) versus SK (81%, 68%, 63% and p < 0.001 at all time points). EBK transplants from very young donors were associated with a significantly lower rate of delayed graft function than SK transplants (17.9% versus 23.4%, p < 0.001).

National registry data suggest that EBK transplants present a viable option for transplantation of very young donor kidneys.
No References
No Citations
No Supplementary Data
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: Kidney transplantation; delayed graft function; dual kidney transplantation; en bloc; graft survival; graft thrombosis

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Biostatistics 2: Surgery, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL, USA

Publication date: June 1, 2005

  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more