Grafts from selected deceased donors over 80 years old can safely expand the number of liver transplants: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Piotr Domagala, Kosei Takagi, Jan N. Ijzermans, Wojciech G. Polak

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Abstract

Aim: The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to present the outcome of deceased adult liver transplantation from octogenarian (≥80 years old) donors compared to younger grafts. Methods: A systematic search was performed on six databases to identify all available original papers that report the outcome of adult recipients who underwent liver transplantation from a deceased octogenarian donor. Results: Overall, 39,034 liver transplantations from 12 studies were reported with 789 (2.02%) cases receiving grafts from octogenarian donors. Eight studies were included in the meta-analysis. There was no difference regarding the one, three, and five-year graft and patient survival between the recipients of livers <80 years old and octogenarian grafts. There were significantly more episodes of biliary complications in the recipients of octogenarian grafts (34/459; 7.4%) in comparison to the recipients of livers <80 years old (372/37074; 1.0%) (OR 0.53; 95% CI = 0.35–0.81; P 0.004; I2 = 0%). The incidence of primary non-function, vascular complications and re-transplantation did not differ between groups. Conclusions: The short- and medium-term graft and patient survival of octogenarian liver transplantation is not inferior compared to the liver transplantation with younger grafts, however with a higher rate of biliary complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-218
Number of pages10
JournalTransplantation Reviews
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019

Keywords

  • Biliary complications
  • Graft survival
  • Liver transplantation
  • Octogenarian donors
  • Systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation

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