Introduction: The use of grafts from donation after circulatory death (DCD) is an important additional source to implement within the donor pool. We herein report the outcomes of our early experience with DCD grafts for liver transplantation (LT). Methods: Ten patients successfully underwent LT with grafts from DCD donors between August 2017 and January 2019 at the Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery and Liver Transplant Unit of University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. All donors underwent normothermic regional perfusion after death declaration and, after the procurement, all the suitable grafts underwent ex situ hypothermic perfusion prior to transplantation. Results: Mean postoperative hospital stay after transplant was 12.7 days (range, 5-26), and in 5 cases we placed a biliary drainage (Kehr tube) during surgery. Primary graft nonfunction did not occur after LT in this cohort, although, we registered one case of biliary anastomosis stricture that was managed endoscopically by endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. All patients are alive and none required retransplantation. Conclusions: In our experience with controlled DCD donors, the demonstration of: (1) a negative trend of lactate during normothermic regional perfusion; (2) an aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase level lower than 2000 mU/dL; and (3) less than 1 hour of functional warm ischemia time along with no signs of microscopic or macroscopic ischemia of the grafts, are related to positive outcomes in the first year after transplant. A DCD risk score based on Italian population characteristics and regulations on death observation may improve donor-recipient match and avoid futile transplants.

University of Modena Experience With Liver Grafts From Donation After Circulatory Death: What Really Matters in Organ Selection? / Olivieri, T.; Magistri, P.; Guidetti, C.; Baroni, S.; Rinaldi, S.; Assirati, G.; Catellani, B.; Chierego, G.; Cantaroni, C.; Bondi, F.; Campagna, A.; Sangiorgi, G.; Pecchi, A.; Serra, V.; Tarantino, G.; Ballarin, R.; Guerrini, G. P.; Girardis, M.; Bertellini, E.; Di Benedetto, F.. - In: TRANSPLANTATION PROCEEDINGS. - ISSN 0041-1345. - 51:9(2019), pp. 2967-2970. [10.1016/j.transproceed.2019.06.008]

University of Modena Experience With Liver Grafts From Donation After Circulatory Death: What Really Matters in Organ Selection?

Olivieri T.;Magistri P.;Guidetti C.;Assirati G.;Catellani B.;Cantaroni C.;Pecchi A.;Ballarin R.;Guerrini G. P.;Girardis M.;Di Benedetto F.
2019

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Introduction: The use of grafts from donation after circulatory death (DCD) is an important additional source to implement within the donor pool. We herein report the outcomes of our early experience with DCD grafts for liver transplantation (LT). Methods: Ten patients successfully underwent LT with grafts from DCD donors between August 2017 and January 2019 at the Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery and Liver Transplant Unit of University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. All donors underwent normothermic regional perfusion after death declaration and, after the procurement, all the suitable grafts underwent ex situ hypothermic perfusion prior to transplantation. Results: Mean postoperative hospital stay after transplant was 12.7 days (range, 5-26), and in 5 cases we placed a biliary drainage (Kehr tube) during surgery. Primary graft nonfunction did not occur after LT in this cohort, although, we registered one case of biliary anastomosis stricture that was managed endoscopically by endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. All patients are alive and none required retransplantation. Conclusions: In our experience with controlled DCD donors, the demonstration of: (1) a negative trend of lactate during normothermic regional perfusion; (2) an aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase level lower than 2000 mU/dL; and (3) less than 1 hour of functional warm ischemia time along with no signs of microscopic or macroscopic ischemia of the grafts, are related to positive outcomes in the first year after transplant. A DCD risk score based on Italian population characteristics and regulations on death observation may improve donor-recipient match and avoid futile transplants.
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University of Modena Experience With Liver Grafts From Donation After Circulatory Death: What Really Matters in Organ Selection? / Olivieri, T.; Magistri, P.; Guidetti, C.; Baroni, S.; Rinaldi, S.; Assirati, G.; Catellani, B.; Chierego, G.; Cantaroni, C.; Bondi, F.; Campagna, A.; Sangiorgi, G.; Pecchi, A.; Serra, V.; Tarantino, G.; Ballarin, R.; Guerrini, G. P.; Girardis, M.; Bertellini, E.; Di Benedetto, F.. - In: TRANSPLANTATION PROCEEDINGS. - ISSN 0041-1345. - 51:9(2019), pp. 2967-2970. [10.1016/j.transproceed.2019.06.008]
Olivieri, T.; Magistri, P.; Guidetti, C.; Baroni, S.; Rinaldi, S.; Assirati, G.; Catellani, B.; Chierego, G.; Cantaroni, C.; Bondi, F.; Campagna, A.; Sangiorgi, G.; Pecchi, A.; Serra, V.; Tarantino, G.; Ballarin, R.; Guerrini, G. P.; Girardis, M.; Bertellini, E.; Di Benedetto, F.
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