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Kidney transplant from controlled donors following circulatory death: Results from the GEODAS-3 multicentre study

Mar 1, 2019 | Magazine: Nefrologia

Portolés JM (1), Pérez-Sáez MJ (2), López-Sánchez P (3), Lafuente-Covarrubias O (3), Juega J (4), Hernández D (5), Espí J (6), Navarro MD (7), Mazuecos MA (8), Rodríguez-Ferrero ML (9), Maruri-Kareaga N (10), Moreso F (11), Melilli E (12), de Souza E (13), Ruiz JC (14), Llamas F (15), Gutiérrez-Dalmau A (16), Guirado L (17), Martín-Moreno P (18), Pérez Flores I (19), Fernández-García A (20), Jiménez C (21), Gavela E (22), Ramos A (23), Pascual J (24); en representación del grupo GEODAS.


Many European countries have transplant programmes with controlled donors after cardiac death (cDCD). Twenty-two centres are part of GEODAS group. We analysed clinical results from a nephrological perspective.


Observational, retrospective and multicentre study with systematic inclusion of all kidney transplant recipients from cDCD, following local protocols regarding extraction and immunosuppression.


A total of 335 cDCD donors (mean age 57.2 years) whose deaths were mainly due to cardiovascular events were included. Finally, 566 recipients (mean age 56.5 years; 91.9% first kidney transplant) were analysed with a median of follow-up of 1.9 years. Induction therapy was almost universal (thymoglobulin 67.4%; simulect 32.8%) with maintenance with prednisone-MMF-tacrolimus (91.3%) or combinations with mTOR (6.5%). Mean cold ischaemia time (CIT) was 12.3h. Approximately 3.4% (n=19) of recipients experienced primary non-function, essentially associated with CIT (only CIT ≥ 14 h was associated with primary non-function). Delayed graft function (DGF) was 48.8%. DGF risk factors were CIT ≥ 14 h OR 1.6, previous haemodialysis (vs. peritoneal dialysis) OR 2.1 and donor age OR 1.01 (per year). Twenty-one patients (3.7%) died with a functioning graft, with a recipient and death-censored graft survival at 2-years of 95% and 95.1%, respectively. The estimated glomerular filtration rate at one year of follow-up was 60.9 ml/min.


CIT is a modifiable factor for improving the incidence of primary non-function in kidney transplant arising from cDCD. cDCD kidney transplant recipients have higher delayed graft function rate, but the same patient and graft survival compared to brain-dead donation in historical references. These results are convincing enough to continue fostering this type of donation.

CITATION  Nefrologia. Mar-Apr 2019;39(2):151-159.
doi: 10.1016/j.nefro.2018.07.013. Epub 2018 Nov 27. 

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