Goldsmith PJ, Asthana S, Fitzpatrick M, Finlay E, Attia MS, Menon KV, Pollard SG, Ridgway DM, Ahmad N. Transplantation of adult-sized kidneys in low-weight pediatric recipients achieves short-term outcomes comparable to size-matched grafts.
Pediatr Transplantation 2010: 14:919–924. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons A/S.
Abstract: Low-weight pediatric recipients are disadvantaged by scarcity of size-matched donors. ASK have been successfully used for pediatric recipients. We report the results of renal transplantation using ASK in low-weight pediatric recipients and compare outcomes in weight-matched and unmatched donor–recipient pairs. The outcomes of renal transplants using ASK grafts in low-weight (<20 kg) recipients from a single center over a 10-yr period were reviewed. Two groups, comprising recipients of grafts from weight-matched and mismatched donors, were compared. Primary outcome was one-yr graft survival. Secondary outcomes were one- and two-yr calculated eGFR, changes in recipient body weight, perioperative cardiovascular stability, rates of AR and DGF. Twenty-three low-weight recipients were transplanted. Eleven received ASK grafts from high-weight donors and 12 grafts from low-weight donors. One patient in each group had early graft loss. No significant difference was observed in rates of DGF, AR, one-yr graft or patient survival and perioperative cardiovascular parameters. ASK with considerable donor:recipient weight discrepancies can be safely transplanted into small pediatric recipients with comparable outcomes to grafts with less weight discrepancy.