Growth of a nation part II: Impact of recipient obesity on whole-organ pancreas transplantation

Jonathan A. Fridell, Richard S. Mangus, Tim E. Taber, Michelle L. Goble, Martin L. Milgrom, Jason Good, Ryan Vetor, John A. Powelson

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Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the USA. Consequently, there is an increasing number of obese diabetic patients who would otherwise be appropriate candidates for pancreas transplantation (PTx). This is a retrospective study of all PTx performed at Indiana University between 2003 and 2009 (n=308) comparing recipients with body mass index (BMI)<25, 25-29.9, and ≥30kg/m 2 Data included recipient and donor demographics, seven and 90-d graft loss, one-yr pancreas, kidney (for SPK only) and patient survival, causes of graft loss and death, peak amylase and lipase, length of stay, readmissions, complications, HbA1C, and c-peptide. Of the 308 PTx, 100 (32%) were overweight and 42 (14%) were obese. Obese recipients were older and more likely to be men. Donor demographics were similar. There was no difference in seven-d or 90-d graft loss, one-yr pancreas, kidney or patient survival, cause of graft loss or death, 30-d peak amylase or lipase, HbA1C, or C-peptide. The incidence of post-transplant technical, immunological and infectious complications was similar except for an increased incidence of cytomegalovirus infection in the obese group. Two recipients returned to insulin therapy despite normal C-peptide levels. Although technically challenging, PTx can be successful in select obese recipients with similar results compared to normal BMI recipients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E366-E374
JournalClinical Transplantation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011


  • Obesity
  • Organ donor
  • Pancreas transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation

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    Fridell, J. A., Mangus, R. S., Taber, T. E., Goble, M. L., Milgrom, M. L., Good, J., Vetor, R., & Powelson, J. A. (2011). Growth of a nation part II: Impact of recipient obesity on whole-organ pancreas transplantation. Clinical Transplantation, 25(4), E366-E374.