Category Archive: Organ Allocation

Deceased organ allocation for transplant

Older Kidneys Are A Good Alternative For Older Recipients

“[Deceased donor] organs from older donors are often discarded due to the macroscopic appearance of the parenchyma or major vessels. On the other hand, a large number of elderly patients are potential candidates for kidney transplantation, while many kidneys from elderly deceased donors are discarded due to a lack of age-matched recipients. In addition, a …

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OPTN new kidney allocation policy

Here’s OPTN’s new kidney allocation policy: http://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/ContentDocuments/Policy8_Update_KAS_12-2014.pdf If adopted by the Executive Committee, it will go into effect the end of 2014. This new policy is an attempt at wider sharing of organs, and a move toward a true national system (as federal law requires). The regions that have benefited from the prior system aren’t happy …

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My Only Post on Lung Transplants in Children

Only because there’s so much bad information floating around about this. “Development of the New Lung Allocation System in the United States” by Egan et al. From 2006 regarding 2004 allocation changes.  (emphasis mine) Pediatric candidates for lung transplantation pose vexing challenges. In young patients, there are serious size constraints for thoracic organs in general …

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No Reason Not to Use Deceased Liver Donors Over 60 Years Old

As OPTN has admitted, organs from deceased donors over the age of 50 are often discarded despite being viable. A recent study compared patient and graft (transplanted organ) survival rates in liver transplant recipients given livers from deceased donors younger than 60, 60-70 years of age, and older than 70 years old. Summary results are …

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Proposed Kidney Allocation and Independent Donor Advocate Policies Detrimental to Living Donors

Today we have a guest post by Jane Zill, LICSW on OPTN’s proposed policies now up for public comment:   The Board of the OPTN will vote on new allocation principles for deceased donor kidneys in June. These allocation principles will definitely impact living organ donors. I am very concerned about this and believe that …

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