Pushing the envelope in renal preservation: Improved results with novel perfusate modifications for pulsatile machine perfusion of cadaver kidneys

J. V. Guarrera, M. M.R. Polyak, B. O'Mar Arrington, J. Boykin, T. Brown, M. A. Jean-Jacques, S. Kapur, W. T. Stubenbord, M. Kinkhabwala

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Introduction Novel preservation techniques may diminish ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. Our preservation laboratory has modified Belzer MPS for machine perfusion (MP) with prostaglandin E1 (PGE 1), nitroglycerin (NTG), and polyethylene glycol-superoxide dismutase (PEG-SOD) to attenuate I/R injury. We reviewed our recent experience using this novel formulation (NF) compared with standard perfusates. Results Between January 1998 and March 2000, 1060 consecutive kidneys were preserved in our laboratory. One hundred forty-eight kidneys (14%) were discarded. Fifty-eight percent of kidneys during this time period underwent MP (n = 532). En bloc kidney pairs were randomly assigned to pulsatile MP using Waters RM3 or MOX-100 perfusion systems using 1 of 3 perfusates; NF (NF; n = 119), Belzer MPS (MPS; n = 201), or Belzer II albumin gluconate (ALB; n = 212) Significant improvements in delayed graft function (DGF) rate were seen with NF versus other perfusates (8% vs 14% vs 19%, respectively; P = .03). At 6 months, graft survival was significantly improved with NF compared with MPS and ALB (96% vs 90% vs 87%, respectively; P = .03). NF also produced a significantly higher percentage of recipients with a serum creatinine level ≤1.5 mg/dL. Conclusions Novel modifications of standard MP perfusate improved outcomes after renal transplantation. Preservation-based interventions targeted to ameliorate I/R injury can improve outcomes and may allow expansion of the donor pool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1257-1260
Number of pages4
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 1 2004
Externally publishedYes


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  • Surgery
  • Transplantation

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