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Pediatr Transplant. 2012 Sep;16(6):599-606. doi: 10.1111/j.1399-3046.2012.01707.x. Epub 2012 May 14.

Early outcome in renal transplantation from large donors to small and size-matched recipients - a porcine experimental model.

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Department of Nephrology Anaesthesiology, Aarhus University Hospital Institute of Clinical Medicine, The Netherlands.


Kidney transplantation from a large donor to a small recipient, as in pediatric transplantation, is associated with an increased risk of thrombosis and DGF. We established a porcine model for renal transplantation from an adult donor to a small or size-matched recipient with a high risk of DGF and studied GFR, RPP using MRI, and markers of kidney injury within 10 h after transplantation. After induction of BD, kidneys were removed from ∼63-kg donors and kept in cold storage for ∼22 h until transplanted into small (∼15 kg, n = 8) or size-matched (n = 8) recipients. A reduction in GFR was observed in small recipients within 60 min after reperfusion. Interestingly, this was associated with a significant reduction in medullary RPP, while there was no significant change in the size-matched recipients. No difference was observed in urinary NGAL excretion between the groups. A significant higher level of HO-1 mRNA was observed in small recipients than in donors and size-matched recipients indicating cortical injury. Improvement in early graft perfusion may be a goal to improve short- and long-term GFR and avoid graft thrombosis in pediatric recipients.

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