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Donor Hypernatremia is Not Related with the Duration of Postoperative Mechanical Ventilation, Primary Graft Dysfunction, or Long-Term Outcome Following Lung Transplantation

Annemieke Oude Lansink-Hartgring, Lara Hessels, Adrianus J. de Vries, Wim van der Bij, Erik A.M. Verschuuren, Michiel E. Erasmus, Maarten W.N. Nijsten

(Department of Critical Care, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands)

Ann Transplant 2018; 23:500-506

DOI: 10.12659/AOT.909484


BACKGROUND: Donor hypernatremia has been associated with reduced graft and recipient survival after heart, liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation. However, it is unknown what effect donor hypernatremia has on graft and recipient outcomes after lung transplantation. The aim of this study was to investigate the relation of donor hypernatremia with the duration of postoperative mechanical ventilation, the incidence of severe primary graft dysfunction, and survival following lung transplantation.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: We analyzed all consecutive lung transplantations performed in adult patients at our center between 1995 and 2016. During the study period, donor hypernatremia was not considered a reason to reject lungs for transplantation. Donors were classified into 3 groups: normonatremia (sodium <145 mmol/L), moderate hypernatremia (sodium 145–154 mmol/L), or severe hypernatremia (sodium ≥155 mmol/L). Short-term outcome was defined by the duration of mechanical ventilation and incidence of primary graft dysfunction; long-term outcome was defined by 10-year mortality.
RESULTS: Donor hypernatremia was recorded in 275 (58%) of the 474 donors. There were no differences in baseline characteristics between the 3 study groups. The duration of mechanical ventilation was similar for all groups (8±25, 7±17, and 9±15 days respectively, P=0.204). Severe primary graft dysfunction was not different between the 3 groups (29%, 26%, 28%, P=0.724). Donor hypernatremia was not associated with (graft) survival, or after correction for potential confounders.
CONCLUSIONS: Donor hypernatremia was not associated with a worse outcome in lung transplant recipients. Thus, in contrast to solid organ transplantation, donor hypernatremia is not a contraindication for lung transplantation.

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