Systematic review on the treatment of deceased organ donors

Anne C. van Erp*, Leon F. A. van Dullemen, Rutger J. Ploeg, Henri G. D. Leuvenink

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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Background: Currently, there is no consensus on which treatments should be a part of standard deceased-donor management to improve graft quality and transplantation outcomes. The objective of this systematic review was to evaluate the effects of treatments of the deceased, solid-organ donor on graft function and survival after transplantation.

Methods: Pubmed, Embase, Cochrane, and were systematically searched for randomized controlled trials that compared deceased-donor treatment versus placebo or no treatment.

Results: A total of 33 studies were selected for this systematic review. Eleven studies were included for meta-analyses on three different treatment strategies. The meta-analysis on methylprednisolone treatment in liver donors (two studies, 183 participants) showed no effect of the treatment on rates of acute rejection. The meta-analysis on antidiuretic hormone treatment in kidney donors (two studies, 222 participants) indicates no benefit in the prevention of delayed graft function. The remaining meta-analyses (seven studies, 334 participants) compared the effects of 10 min of ischaemic preconditioning on outcomes after liver transplantation and showed that ischaemic preconditioning improved short-term liver function, but not long-term transplant outcomes.

Conclusions: There is currently insufficient evidence to conclude that any particular drug treatment or any intervention in the deceased donor improves long-term graft or patient survival after transplantation. (C) 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)194-206
Aantal pagina's13
TijdschriftTransplantation Reviews
Nummer van het tijdschrift4
StatusPublished - okt-2018

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