Introduction: In an effort to maximize living donor kidney utilization, we describe the use of deceased donor vein extension grafts for right-sided living donor kidneys and report our single-center experience using this technique. Methods: A retrospective review of kidney transplant recipients (KTR) who received a right living donor kidney with deceased donor vein extension graft. Recipient demographics, postoperative graft function, and surgical complications were reviewed. Living donor nephrectomies were performed laparoscopically. Vein grafts were obtained from recent deceased donor procurements. End-to-end anastomosis of the graft to the renal vein was performed prior to implantation. Results: Thirty-eight KTR received a right kidney transplant with deceased donor extension grafts. The median recipient age and BMI were 53.0 years and 29.3 kg/m2. Total 71% were male. Ninety-five percent of grafts displayed immediate graft function, with two recipients requiring temporary dialysis due to anaphylaxis from induction therapy. Median serum creatinine at two weeks was 1.6 mg/dL and at three months was 1.5 mg/dL. There were no graft thromboses. Conclusion: Utilization of deceased donor extension grafts for short right renal veins is a simple technique that expands the donor pool for living donor renal transplantation. Our experience resulted in no technical complications and excellent early graft function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere14963
JournalClinical Transplantation
Issue number8
Early online dateMar 20 2023
StatePublished - Aug 2023


  • living donor renal transplant
  • right kidney grafts
  • venous extension graft
  • Humans
  • Renal Veins/surgery
  • Graft Survival
  • Male
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Living Donors
  • Kidney Transplantation/methods
  • Kidney
  • Female
  • Retrospective Studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation


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