Outcomes of Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation: A Single-Center Experience from Turkiye

Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation

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Kidney transplantation, deceased donor, survival, ESRD, mortality, Turkiye


Background: In Turkey, approximately 90% of kidney transplants are conducted utilizing allografts from living donors. Due to the low incidence of cadaveric kidney transplants in the country, comprehensive data on the short-term and long-term outcomes of these procedures remain limited. We aim to present the outcomes of deceased donor-related kidney transplantations (DDKTs) performed in our center.
Methods: This retrospective single-center study was conducted at Atilim University School of Medicine-affiliated Medicana International Ankara Hospital. We analyzed DDKTs performed since 2010. Recipients’ demographical features, one and five-year recipient and allograft survival rates, functions of surviving allografts, rates of primary non-functioning graft, and delayed graft function were noted.
Results: Among 1155 transplants performed between 2010 and 2023, 83 (7.2%) were DDKTs. Recipients were followed-up mean of 84 months. The one- and five-year survival rates for recipients were 94.0% and 81.2%, respectively, while the survival rates for allografts were 89.2% and 72.7%, respectively. Recipient and allograft survival rates were comparable between genders. The optimal allograft function is observed between one and five years post-transplantation; thereafter, a decline in allograft function is typically noted.
Conclusion: Our study demonstrates promising survival rates for recipients of DDKTs in our center, emphasizing the efficacy of this treatment modality for ESRD patients. DDKT can provide substantial dialysis-free survival for most patients with ESRD.


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Gülen, M., Emral, A. C., Demir, M. E., Türkmen Sarıyıldız, G., Sözener, U., Burç, A. Y., Kilci, Öykü, & Sezer, S. (2024). Outcomes of Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation: A Single-Center Experience from Turkiye: Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation. Journal of European Internal Medicine Professionals, 2(2). https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.11215224

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