Although octogenarian livers have been transplanted successfully in elective settings, their safety in the case of fulminant hepatic failure has not yet been reported. From November 1998 to June 2003, we transplanted 3 livers from 80-, 82-, and 86-year-old donors. The donors were hemodynamically stable with an intensive care unit stay ranging from 24-48 hours. Cold ischemia time was from 260 minutes to 526 minutes. Mild macrosteatosis was present in 2 donors. Donor and recipient characteristics as well as posttransplantation evolution were evaluated. Two cases had uneventful courses and all recipients are well at 39, 21, and 5 months, respectively. The second recipient underwent retransplantation at 15 days due to technical complications. Livers from octogenarian donors may be safely used in an emergency to save patients. Age does not represent a limit for individually assessed and highly selected donors.

Octogenarian livers successfully transplanted in patients with fulminant hepatic failure

Montalti, R;
2005

Abstract

Although octogenarian livers have been transplanted successfully in elective settings, their safety in the case of fulminant hepatic failure has not yet been reported. From November 1998 to June 2003, we transplanted 3 livers from 80-, 82-, and 86-year-old donors. The donors were hemodynamically stable with an intensive care unit stay ranging from 24-48 hours. Cold ischemia time was from 260 minutes to 526 minutes. Mild macrosteatosis was present in 2 donors. Donor and recipient characteristics as well as posttransplantation evolution were evaluated. Two cases had uneventful courses and all recipients are well at 39, 21, and 5 months, respectively. The second recipient underwent retransplantation at 15 days due to technical complications. Livers from octogenarian donors may be safely used in an emergency to save patients. Age does not represent a limit for individually assessed and highly selected donors.
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