Incremental value of the pancreas allograft to the survival of simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplant recipients

Paolo R. Salvalaggio, Nino Dzebisashvili, Brett Pinsky, Mark A. Schnitzler, Thomas E. Burroughs, Ralph Graff, David A. Axelrod, Daniel C. Brennan, Krista L. Lentine

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OBJECTIVE - To quantify the incremental survival benefit of the pancreas allograft in simultaneous pancreas-kidney (SPK) transplant recipients. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS - Data from the national transplant database from 2000 to 2007 were analyzed. SPK recipients who had functioning allografts to 1-year post transplant (n = 3,304) were compared with those who had failure of the renal (n = 233) or pancreatic (n = 112) graft. The main outcome was a projection of 10 life-years of patient survival beyond the first transplant anniversary. RESULTS - Recipients with function of both organs accrued 9.4 life-years following transplantation. Projected survival in patients with kidney failure was reduced to 2.5 life-years. Pancreas failure reduced predicted survival to 8 life-years. Renal allograft failure impacts life expectancy significantly (adjusted hazard ratio [aHR] 12.13). However, pancreas allograft failure was also associated with reduced survival (aHR 2.62). CONCLUSIONS - Although the majority of the survival benefit of SPK transplant is due to the renal transplant, pancreas allograft function does contribute to patient survival.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)600-602
Number of pages3
JournalDiabetes care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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