Strategies to expand the donor pool for pancreas transplantation

S KapurR J Corry


Our organ procurement organization has been forced to liberalize the donor criteria in order to expand the donor pool for pancreas transplantation. In this report, we describe our experience using whole organ pancreatic grafts from "marginal" donors, which include grafts obtained from donors over 45 years of age and from donors who were identified to be hemodynamically unstable at the time of organ retrieval. A prospective study was performed between July 1994 and March 1998, during which time 137 pancreas transplants were performed at our center using organs procured by our own surgeons (organs sent by other teams were excluded). The rapid en bloc technique was used exclusively. The use of pancreatic grafts from marginal donors was analyzed for short-term and overall graft survival, and for delayed graft function and complications. Overall pancreas graft survival for our series was 83%, with a mean follow-up of 23 months. There were 22 pancreas grafts from donors over 45 years of age, 13 of whom were greater than 50 years of age. The actual graft survival rate of the over-45 donor group was 86%. Fifty-one grafts were removed from hemodynamically unstable donors on high-dose vasopressors. The actual graft survival in this group...Continue Reading


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