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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 185-186

Allograft and remnant kidneys display a difference in size 5 years after transplantation

1 Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nephrology and Urology, Felix Houphouet-Boigny University, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
2 Department of Nephrology, Dialysis and Renal Transplantation, Yopougon Teaching Hospital, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Date of Web Publication13-May-2015

Correspondence Address:
C Ackoundou-N'Guessan
Department of Nephrology, Dialysis and Renal Transplantation, Yopougon University Hospital, P.O. Box 977, Abidjan 01, Abidjan
Ivory Coast
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-4065.153330

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Ackoundou-N'Guessan C, Guei C M, Coulibaly A P. Allograft and remnant kidneys display a difference in size 5 years after transplantation. Indian J Nephrol 2015;25:185-6

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Studies comparing morphologic, physiological and clinical features of both the remnant kidney of kidney donors and their respective recipient have reported that renal volumes (RV) post transplantation were comparable both in the short and the long term [1] Herein, we report difference in kidney size in a black African population. Subjects were living kidney donors and their respective allograft recipients. Characteristics were compared between groups, particularly the RV (ml). The mean time after kidney donation was 5.58 years (2.64-6.67). All but one donors were female. All the recipients were male. The mean age of the subjects was 49 years (40.9-56.04), and recipients were significantly older (41.4 {34.1-49.0} vs. 55.5 {47.6-59.1} years P < 0.006). The mean arterial pressure (MAP) of the subjects was 105 (range 91.6-116.6) mm Hg. MAP was significantly higher in recipients (99.2 {86.6-108.7} mm Hg in donors vs. 116.6 {104.2-121.6} mm Hg in recipients P < 0.04). The mean GFR in the subjects was 55.8 (47-63.1) ml/min. There was no difference in GFR between groups (55.5 {45.5-61.8} ml/min in donors vs. 58.3 {49.2-67} ml/min P < 0.37). The mean urinary creatinine in subjects was 1740 (1554-2181.4) mg/24 h. There was a trend of urinary creatinine in recipients to be more elevated (1573 {1395-1943} in donors vs. 2043 {1718.5-3227} in recipients P < 0.08). The mean RV was 255.9 (196.2-352.5) ml. It was greater in recipients (199.4 {181-261.4} ml in donors vs. 331.3 {275.5-444.2} ml in recipients, P < 0.016) [Figure 1].
Figure 1: Renal volume in donors as compared to that of recipients 5 years after transplantation abroad

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Despite the similar value of GFR in both groups, kidney length was more in recipients. Considering the GFR in donors as the baseline value, this increment in kidney size in recipients has not led to a significant increase in GFR. In fact, an increase in renal function can be suspected: as women have smaller kidneys, [2] the GFR would be expected to be low in recipients. If the renal function was somewhat similar in both groups, this may be the results of hyper-filtration [3] to adapt the small kidney of female donors to much larger male recipients. Since the baseline parameters were lacking in donors, it is hard to tell whether the kidney has increased in size and hyper-filtration has occurred. Since studies have reported that allograft and remnant kidneys show similar characteristics after transplantation, [4] discrepancies in the present study are difficult to substantiate. It appears likely that the change in the allograft volume must reflect more a pathological changes than the result of a mere hyper-filtration process. The increase in the allograft volume could be attributed to the process of chronic allograft nephropathy. [5]

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Khosroshahi HT, Tarzamni MK, Gojazadeh M, Bahluli A. Color Doppler findings in transplanted kidneys and remnant kidneys of donors 6 to 12 months after kidney transplantation. Transplant Proc 2007;39:816-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
Kwon OJ, Kwak JY, Kang CM. The impact of gender and age matching for long-term graft survival in living donor renal transplantation. Transplant Proc 2005;37:726-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
Vincenti F, Amend Jr WJ, Kaysen G. Long-term renal function in kidney donors. sustained compensatory hyperfiltration with no adverse effects. Transplantation 1983;36:626-9.  Back to cited text no. 3
Even-Sapir E, Gutman M, Lerman H, Kaplan E, Ravid A, Livshitz G, et al. Kidney allografts and remaining contralateral donor kidneys before and after transplantation: Assessment by quantitative (99m) Tc-DMSA SPECT. J Nucl Med 2002;43:584-8.  Back to cited text no. 4
Heemann U, Lutz J. Pathophysiology and treatment options of chronic renal allograft damage. Nephrol Dial Transplant 2013;28:2438-46.  Back to cited text no. 5


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