Outcomes of Deceased Donor Kidney Offers to Patients at the Top of the Waiting List

CLINICAL JOURNAL OF THE AMERCAN SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY
Dr. Anne Huml
Correspondence:
Dr. Anne Huml, Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Case Western Reserve University, MetroHealth Medical Center, 2500 MetroHealth Drive, Rammelkamp R208A, Cleveland, OH 44109. Email: anne.huml@uhhospitals.org

Abstract
Background and objectives Transplant centers may accept or refuse deceased-donor kidneys that are offered to their patients at the top of the waiting list. We sought to determine the outcomes of deceased-donor kidney offers and their association with characteristics of waitlisted patients and organ donors.

Design, setting, participants, & measurements We examined all 7 million deceased-donor adult kidney offers in the United States from 2007 to 2012 that led to eventual transplantation. Data were obtained from the national organ allocation system through the United Network of Organ Sharing. The study cohort consisted of 178,625 patients waitlisted for a deceased-donor kidney transplant and 31,230 deceased donors. We evaluated offers made to waitlisted patients and their outcomes (transplantation or specific reason for refusal). Continue reading
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