Pre-liver transplant renal dysfunction and association with post-transplant end-stage renal disease: A single-center examination of updated UNOS recommendations

Kinsuk Chauhan, Yorg Azzi, Geovani Faddoul, Luz Liriano-Ward, Paul Chang, Girish Nadkarni, Veronica Delaney, Scott Ames, Neha Debnath, Nandita Singh, Vinita Sehgal, Graciela Di Boccardo, Felipe Garzon, Vinay Nair, Rebecca Kent, Susan Lerner, Steven Coca, Ron Shapiro, Sander Florman, Thomas SchianoMadhav C. Menon

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Simultaneous liver-kidney allocation protocols allocate dual organs based on a sustained eGFR of 30 mL/min or less. A 2017-UNOS update includes CKD3 as dual organ candidates but only when the listing eGFR is <30 mL/min while recommending a "safety net" for prioritized kidney listing post-LT. We retrospectively reviewed adult LTs examine whether the UNOS proposal captured the LT population at highest risk for developing post-LT ESRD. Among 290 LT recipients, 67 had pre-LT CKD3, 141 had AKI, of whom 47 required dialysis (<4 weeks). During follow-up, 25 (8.62%) developed ESRD, while 70 (24.1%) died. In adjusted Cox models, CKD3 had an independent association with post-LT ESRD (adjusted HR 4.8; P = 0.001), independent of AKI. Interestingly, CKD3 with listing GFR >30 mL/min was still significantly associated with post-LT ESRD. AKI was associated with reduced post-LT survival (adjusted HR 1.9; P = 0.02), albeit only in the first-year post-LT. Severe AKI-D was associated with post-LT ESRD and mortality. The safety net would have captured only 60% of all post-LT ESRD cases in our cohort. Pre-LT CKD3 was associated with increased risk of post-LT ESRD above the recommended cutoff for listing GFR. These findings, if generalizable in larger cohorts have important implications for dual organ allocation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere13428
JournalClinical Transplantation
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


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  • Transplantation

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