Introduction: Donation after cardiac death has reemerged as a potential way of increasing the supply of organs for transplantation. We retrospectively reviewed the outcomes of non-heart-beating donor (NHBD) liver transplantation (OLT) experience and compared with standard heart-beating donation (HBD) at a single center. Methods: From October 2003 to November 2006, 13/111 liver transplantations were performed in our institution with NHBD. Living donor liver transplantation, splitting procedures, combined, and pediatric liver transplantations were excluded from this analysis. Results: Donor population was similar in both groups. The median warm ischemia time was 10 minutes (range 6 to 38). The median cold ischemia times 6 hours and 16 minutes (2.4 to 6.30 hours and 9 hours and 14 minutes (2.15 to 15.35 hours) for NHBD and HBD groups, respectively (P = .0002). In the NHBD groups, 4/13 (31%) grafts were retransplanted within 3 months, due to ischemic biliary lesions with severe cholestasis (n = 3) or due to the occurrence of primary nonfunction (n = 1). The retransplantation rate was significantly lower in the HBD group (11/98, 11%; P = .03). One-year patient and graft survivals were 62% and 54% versus 86% and 79%, respectively, for the NHBD and HBD groups (P = .107 and P = .003). Conclusion: Liver grafts procured from donors after cardiac death accounted for a significantly greater retransplantation rates, mainly due to nonanastomotic biliary strictures. This risk must be taken into account when transplanting such grafts. Based upon this experience, NHBD cannot rival HBD to be a comparable source of quality organs for liver transplantation.
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|Publication status||Published - Oct 2007|
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