Renal function impacts outcomes after intestinal transplantation

Melissa J. Watson, Robert S. Venick, Fady Kaldas, Anjay Rastogi, Sherilyn A. Gordon, Joanna Colangelo, Yvonne Esmailian, Sue V. McDiarmid, Ronald W. Busuttil, Douglas G. Farmer

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BACKGROUND.: Although renal dysfunction (RD) has been commonly associated with poor outcome after other solid organ transplants, it has not been studied in detail after intestinal transplantation (ITx). Here we provide a detailed analysis of renal function after ITx, and identify predictors of post-ITx RD. METHODS.: A retrospective analysis of patients undergoing ITx from 1991 to 2006 was performed. For each patient, the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) was compared with the normal GFR for age and gender to obtain the percent of normal eGFR. Chi-square analysis and log-rank tests were used to identify categorical variables associated with RD (eGFR <75% of normal) and to determine if RD was predictive of post-ITx survival. RESULTS.: Sixty-eight transplantations were performed in 62 patients. Overall patient survival at 1 and 5 years was 78% and 56%, respectively. Renal dysfunction was observed in 16% of patients post-ITx. The most frequent predictors of post-ITx RD were preoperative eGFR less than 75% of normal, pre-ITx location in the intensive care unit, and high-dose tacrolimus immunotherapy. An eGFR less than 75% of normal at days 7, 28, and 365 was predictive of poor patient survival (P<0.05). CONCLUSIONS.: This study provides the first detailed analysis of renal function after ITx. We identified specific risk factors for the development of RD in the first year post-ITx and found a significant association of RD with decreased long-term survival. Given the strong correlation of RD with poor outcome, preserving renal function may be key to improving long-term outcomes in ITx recipients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-122
Number of pages6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 15 2008


  • Intestinal transplantation
  • Outcomes
  • Renal function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation
  • Immunology


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