Impact of the individualized risks of end-stage renal disease on living kidney donor selection.

Research paper by Quang-Linh QL Nguyen, Pierre P Merville, Lionel L Couzi

Indexed on: 31 May '18Published on: 31 May '18Published in: Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation : official publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association - European Renal Association


It is recommended to determine the risks of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in living donor candidates. The aim of this study was to determine how many candidates would have been cleared for donation according to different thresholds of risks. Four pre-donation and post-donation risks of ESRD were calculated retrospectively using online tools (http://www.transplantmodels.com/) and the calculator of the University of Minnesota for 151 living kidney donors and 27 patients disqualified for living donation based on a glomerular filtration rate (GFR) <80 mL/min/1.73 m2. A complete overlap of the pre-donation 15-year ESRD risk, pre-donation projected lifetime ESRD risk, post-donation 15-year ESRD risk and the Minnesota post-donation 15-year risk of ESRD or GFR <30 mL/min/1.73 m2 was observed for the living kidney donors and the disqualified candidates. We next defined different thresholds of pre- and post-donation risks of ESRD that could be used for clearing living donation. In candidates over 61 years of age, the use of a pre-donation 15-year ESRD risk of 0.25% and/or a post-donation 15-year ESRD risk of 50 per 10 000 would increase the percentage of donors by 28.6% and 26.3%, respectively. Conversely, only 22.3% of donors aged 18-35 years would have been selected by using a pre-donation projected lifetime ESRD risk <0.5%. The use of these ESRD risks would significantly modify donor selection by increasing the percentage of donors ≥61 years of age with GFR <80 mL/min/1.73 m2 and by decreasing the percentage of donors aged 18-35 years with a high GFR.