Contrast Administration to the Deceased Kidney Donor Has No Impact on Post-Transplant Outcomes

Richard S. Mangus, Shivani Bajpai, Andrew J. Lutz, John A. Powelson, William C. Goggins

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Background: Contrast-induced acute kidney injury may occur in patients undergoing imaging studies. This study reviews all deceased kidney donors at a single center during a 15-y period to determine if donor contrast exposure results in contrast-induced acute kidney injury in the donor or is associated with worse outcomes in the transplant recipient. Methods: Donor and recipient renal functions were recorded, including donor serum creatinine and recipient delayed graft function, creatinine clearance at 1 y, and early and late graft survival. Donor contrast exposure was recorded as the number of preprocurement contrasted studies. Results: Donor and recipient records were available for 1394 transplants (88%). There were 51% of donors who received any contrasted study (38%, one study; 12%, two studies, and 1%, three studies). Donor contrast exposure was not associated with significant differences in preprocurement serum creatinine levels. Post-transplant, donor contrast exposure was associated with risk of neither delayed graft function (4% for all) nor early kidney graft loss. Creatinine clearance at 1 y was equivalent. Five-year Cox regression demonstrated higher graft survival for contrast-exposed grafts (P = 0.03). Conclusions: There is no negative effect of donor contrast administration on early and late kidney graft function. These findings included donor kidneys exposed to as many as three contrasted studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-267
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Surgical Research
StatePublished - Oct 2020


  • Contrast induced nephropathy
  • Intravenous contrast
  • Outcomes
  • Renal transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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