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Authors Scalea JR, Redfield RR, Arpali E, Leverson G, Sollinger HW, Kaufman DB, Odorico JS
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Journal Transpl. Int. Volume: 29 Issue: 7 Pages: 810-8
Publish Date 2016 Jul
PubMed ID 26859581

Pancreas transplant outcomes have progressively improved. Despite this, some centers have continued to employ historical age limits for pancreas transplant candidates. We sought to determine the importance of chronological age in determining patient and graft survival rates after pancreas transplantation. A single-center, retrospective study of adult, deceased donor simultaneous pancreas and kidney (SPK) and solitary pancreas transplants (SP, including pancreas transplant alone and pancreas after kidney transplants) in recipients ≥ 55 years (55 + ), occurring between July 1, 1999, and June 30, 2012, was performed. Seven-hundred and forty patients underwent pancreas transplantation, of which 28 patients were 55 + . Patient survival was comparable for younger and older pancreas transplant recipients. Both non-death-censored and death-censored pancreatic graft survival rates were similar in younger and in older patients. Patients aged 45-54 and those aged 55 +  had more frequent cardiovascular events than younger pancreas transplant recipients. There was no difference in renal graft survival for SPK patients when compared with diabetic kidney transplant alone recipients aged 55 years and older. Older pancreas transplant recipients had acceptable long-term patient and graft survival rates, although complications may occur. Chronological age alone should not exclude a patient for pancreas transplant candidacy. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System