Introduction: To maximize organ utilization, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) encourages use of Expanded Criteria Donors (ECD). However, Standard Criteria Donors (SCD) may also be under-utilized, some centers discarding kidneys with serum creatinine (S.Cr) >2.0 at nephrectomy. Our experience with the use of such "impaired" kidneys was reviewed retrospectively. Results: From January 1, 2003 to October 1, 2006, of 130 DD kidneys transplanted at our center, 26 were ECD. Also, 22 kidneys were from Impaired SCD (ISCD), with mean S.Cr 3.2 (2.1-4.4) at nephrectomy; eight of these had S.Cr >4.0. For these 22 ISCD, mean age was 22 yrs (11-42), sex: 16 Males; race:12 Caucasians/10 African-Americans; All had evidence of rhabdomyolysis (Mean peak CPK 11,924 u/l). Thirty-seven percent came from outside OPOs. Recipient demographics: age 45 years; sex 50% male, 45% African-American. Mean HLA match was 1; dialysis was required in 28% within the first week. Mean length of stay was 10.7 days. Average discharge S.Cr was 4.2. All kidneys are currently functioning (S.Cr at 3 months, 6 months and 1 year 1.6, 1.7 and 1.7 respectively). Conclusion: An elevated creatinine should not be the only cause for discarding deceased donor kidneys.
- Renal standard
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