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G Ital Nefrol. 2010 Jan-Feb;27(1):56-68.

[Non-heart-beating-donor transplant: the first experience in Italy].

[Article in Italian]

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  • 1Unità di Nefrologia, Dialisi e Trapianto, Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo e Università degli Studi, Pavia.


A promising way to increase the number of kidneys for transplantation is to expand the donor pool by including non-heart-beating donors (NHBDs). The centers involved in NHBD transplantation programs have reported a 16-40% increase in kidney transplants. A key issue with NHBD is the significantly higher rate of delayed graft function (DGF) and primary non-function (PNF) compared with that associated with heart-beating donor (HBD) transplants. However, although transplants from NHBD are associated with a greater incidence of early adverse events, long-term graft survival appears to be similar to that observed after transplants from HBDs. In addition, the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and mechanical perfusion, the careful selection of recipients and donors, and an adequate therapeutic strategy may at least partially reduce the risk of PNF and DGF and improve transplant outcome.

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