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Implantation Warm Ischemia Time in Kidney Transplant Recipients: Defining Its Limits and Impact on Early Graft Function

Taqi F. Toufeeq Khan, Nadeem Ahmad, Ahmed Shaban Serageldeen, Konstantinos Fourtounas

Department of Nephrology and Transplantation, King Salman Armed Forces Hospital, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

Ann Transplant 2019; 24:432-438

DOI: 10.12659/AOT.916012

Available online: 2019-07-23

Published: 2019-07-23

BACKGROUND: Prolonged cold ischemia is an established risk factor for poor early graft function (EGF). However, warm ischemia incurring during graft implantation has received little attention regarding its possible detrimental effect on EGF. The aim of our study was to examine the impact of recipient warm ischemia time on EGF.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: The data of 102 consecutive kidney transplants were analyzed to determine the association between duration of graft implantation time (IT) and EGF. Recipient IT groups were (GI) up to 45 min, (GII) 45-60 min, and (GIII) >60 min. EGF was categorized as immediate (IGF), slow (SGF), or delayed graft function (DGF). In recipients with IGF, graft function was further assessed by time needed for reduction in serum creatinine by 50% (SC50) of pre-transplant value, and serum creatinine on day 7 (SCD7).
RESULTS: Of a total of 102 recipients, 55 (55%) were in GI, 33 (32%) were in GII, and 14 (13%) were in GIII. Factors prolonging IT were recipient body mass index (BMI) (p=0.02) and multiple arteries in donor kidneys (p<0.01). No recipients in GI had DGF or SGF, while 2 in GII had DGF, and 5 patients in GIII had poor EGF. SC50 was significantly longer in GIII and GII versus GI (40.8±42.4 and 32.8±20.4 vs. 22.2±17.2 [p=.02, p≤.01]), respectively. Mean SCD7 was also significantly higher in GIII and GII versus GI. The mean last serum creatinine was comparable among all groups.
CONCLUSIONS: IT of more than 45 min was a risk factor for poor EGF, but achieved statistical significance only when it exceeded 60 min. Longer IT also significantly slowed the fall in SC50, and led to a higher SCD7. However, poor EGF and suboptimal early SC trends had little long-term effect on serum creatinine.

Keywords: Delayed Graft Function, Reperfusion Injury, warm ischemia