Impact of recipient age on whole organ pancreas transplantation

Ashesh P. Shah, Richard S. Mangus, John A. Powelson, Kannan P. Samy, Tim E. Taber, Michelle L. Goble, Jonathan A. Fridell

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Aim: The goal of this study was to assess the impact of recipient age on post-transplant outcome. Methods: All pancreas transplants performed at Indiana University between 2003 and 2011 were reviewed. Demographic data were compared using standard chi-square and ANOVA testing. Standard Cox regression survival analysis was performed using a direct entry method for covariates. Results: Patients (n = 405) were divided by decade: <30 yr (n = 37), 30-39 (n = 109), 40-49 (n = 156), 50-59 (n = 85), and ≥60 yr of age (n = 18). Group demographics did not differ except for median ischemia time, which was between 7.0 and 8.5 h (p = 0.02). Early graft loss and one yr graft and patient survival were similar between the groups. Long-term patient survival demonstrated a trend toward decreased five-yr survival with increasing recipient age (p = NS). Graft survival at five yr by Cox regression was the lowest for the <30 yr group (74%), while all other groups were similar around 80% (p = NS). Conclusion: No statistically significant differences in pancreas transplant outcomes were demonstrated when recipients were stratified by recipient age. These results suggest that older recipients can successfully undergo pancreas transplantation and expect five-yr outcomes similar to those seen in younger recipients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E49-E55
JournalClinical Transplantation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Age
  • Outcomes
  • Pancreas transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation

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    Shah, A. P., Mangus, R. S., Powelson, J. A., Samy, K. P., Taber, T. E., Goble, M. L., & Fridell, J. A. (2013). Impact of recipient age on whole organ pancreas transplantation. Clinical Transplantation, 27(1), E49-E55.