Recommendations for donation after circulatory death kidney transplantation in Europe

Ernest van Heurn*, David Talbot, Michael L. Nicholson, Mohammed Z. Akhtar, Ana I. Sanchez-Fructuoso, Laurent Weekers, Benoit Barrou

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Donation after circulatory death (DCD) donors provides an invaluable source for kidneys for transplantation. Over the last decade, we have observed a substantial increase in the number of DCD kidneys, particularly within Europe. We provide an overview of risk factors associated with DCD kidney function and survival and formulate recommendations from the sixth international conference on organ donation in Paris, for best-practice guidelines. A systematic review of the literature was performed using Ovid Medline, Embase and Cochrane databases. Topics are discussed, including donor selection, organ procurement, organ preservation, recipient selection and transplant management. ? 2015 Steunstichting ESOT.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)780-789
JournalTransplant International
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016


  • donation after cardiac death
  • donation after circulatory death
  • guidelines
  • kidney
  • nonheart beating donation
  • review

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