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See detailUne série consécutive de 125 greffes hépatiques à partir de donneurs cadavériques en mort circulatoire
DETRY, Olivier ULiege; MEURISSE, Nicolas ULiege; HANS, Marie-France ULiege et al

in Transplant International (2017, January), 30(Suppl 1), 2481

Introduction: Donation after circulatory death (DCD) has been proposed to partially overcome the organ donor shortage. DCD-LT remains controversial, with reported increased risk of graft loss and ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Donation after circulatory death (DCD) has been proposed to partially overcome the organ donor shortage. DCD-LT remains controversial, with reported increased risk of graft loss and retransplantation. The authors retrospectively reviewed a single centre experience with controlled DCD-LT in a 14-year period. Patients and Methods: 125 DCD-LT were consecutively performed between 2003 and 2016. All donation and procurement procedures were performed as controlled DCD in operative rooms. Data are presented as median (ranges). Median donor age was 56 years (16–84). Most grafts were flushed with HTK solution in the first part of experience, and more recently with IGL1. Allocation was centre-based. Median follow-up was 52 (1–164) months. No patient was lost to follow-up. Results: Median total DCD warm ischemia was 19 min (9–39). Median cold ischemia was 238 min (105–576). Patient survivals were 90.2%, 77.5% and 74.5 % at 1.3 and 5 years, respectively. Graft survivals were 87.7%, 76.3% and 73.2% at 1.3 and 5 years, respectively. Biliary complications included anas- tomotic strictures and extrahepatic main bile duct ischemic obstruction, that were managed either by endoscopy or hepatico-jejunostomy. No PNF was observed in this series and one graft was lost due to ischemic cholangiopathy. Discussion: In this series, DCD LT appears to provide results similar to classical LT. Short cold ischemia and recipient selection with low MELD score may be the keys to good results in DCD LT, in terms of graft survival and avoidance of ischemic cholangiopathy. [less ▲]

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See detailComment je traite... les cancers localises de l'oesophage. Etat actuel des donnees et strategie therapeutique. 2eme partie : l'interet des approches multimodales avec ou sans chirurgie.
VAN DAELE, Daniel ULiege; Honoré, Pierre ULiege; COLLIGNON, Joëlle ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2017), 72(4), 168-174

In recent years, the treatment of esophagus cancer has been completely changed, thus competing the dogma of surgery as the cornerstone treatment. Multimodality treatments as radio-chemotherapy directly ... [more ▼]

In recent years, the treatment of esophagus cancer has been completely changed, thus competing the dogma of surgery as the cornerstone treatment. Multimodality treatments as radio-chemotherapy directly followed by surgery, or delayed surgery, significantly improve patient survival compared to surgery alone. Neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy is associated with a higher complete pathologic response rate and improved survival compared to chemotherapy alone. Immediate surgery after radio-chemotherapy is challenged for patients who present a complete clinical response, especially in case of squamous cell carcinoma. Indeed, systematic resection is associated with a significant postoperative mortality rate and has not proven any survival advantage in complete clinical responders as opposed to delayed resection in case of locally persistent or recurrent disease. In squamous cell carcinoma, this could lead to organ preservation, thus avoiding the mortality and durable functional impairment of esophagectomy. This review will discuss the positioning of the multimodality treatment strategy with neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy and chemotherapy and also the strategy of organ preservation. [less ▲]

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See detailComment je traite... les cancers localises de l'oesophage. Etat actuel des donnees et strategie therapeutique. 1ere partie : le point sur les approches chirurgicales et non chirurgicales.
VAN DAELE, Daniel ULiege; Honoré, Pierre ULiege; COLLIGNON, Joëlle ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2017), 72(2), 58-63

Esophageal cancers represent a highly heterogeneous entity mixing two different tumour types : AdenoCarcinoma (ADC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SSC). Developing in the same organ, they are very often ... [more ▼]

Esophageal cancers represent a highly heterogeneous entity mixing two different tumour types : AdenoCarcinoma (ADC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SSC). Developing in the same organ, they are very often considered as a unique pathology and, consequently, the same therapeutic strategy is indiscriminately applied. Esophageal cancer treatments are particularly complex and require a multidisciplinary approach. Despite impressive advances in the tumour statidifaction, surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, the overall prognosis remains grim even at an early stage of the disease. In order to improve the treatment of esophageal cancers and the patientaeuros survival, we need to consider that ADC and SCC represent two different pathologies requiring specific therapeutic strategies. This review in two parts will present recent data from clinical trials under the scope of tumour histology to set up dedicated therapeutic strategies. In this first part, we explain the restricted role of surgical resection, the prognostic factors and the results of exclusive combined chemotherapy and radiation in localized esophageal cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailInfusion of third-party mesenchymal stem cells after liver transplantation: a phase-1, open-label, clinical study
DETRY, Olivier ULiege; VANDERMEULEN, Morgan ULiege; DELBOUILLE, Marie-Hélène ULiege et al

in Transplant International (2015, November), 28(S4), 1027

Background: Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) are multipotent bone mar- row progenitors that have demonstrated significant immunosuppressive effects in various in vivo and in vitro studies. This study aimed ... [more ▼]

Background: Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) are multipotent bone mar- row progenitors that have demonstrated significant immunosuppressive effects in various in vivo and in vitro studies. This study aimed to be the first evaluation of the safety and tolerability of MSC infusion after liver transplantation in a prospective, controlled phase-1 study. Methods: 10 liver transplant recipients under standard immunosuppression (TAC-MMF-low dose steroids until day 30) received 1.5–3 9 106/kg third party MSC on post-operative day 3 ` 2. These patients were prospectively compared to a group of 10 control liver recipients. Primary endpoints were MSC infusion toxicity, and incidence of cancer and opportunistic infections at month 6. Secondary endpoints were patient and graft survivals and rejection at month 6, as well as the effects of MSC on recipients’ immune function and on immunohistology of at month 6 graft biopsies. Results: No MSC infusional toxicity was observed. Both groups were comparable in terms of donor and recipient characteristics. There was no difference in primary end-points between control and MSC groups. No patient developed de novo cancer. There was no statistical difference in patient and graft survivals or in rejection rates. There was no graft rejection in the MSC group. Month-6 graft biopsies were not different according to Banff and fibrosis scores. Discussion: This phase 1 study showed excellent tolerability and safety of a single infusion of third-party MSC after liver transplantation. There were no graft safety issues and no excess of immunosuppression after MSC injection. Further analyses of consequences of MSC injection on the immune profile are needed. The possibility of avoiding calcineurin-inhibitors with repeated MSC injections as main immunosuppressive therapy and/of tolerance induction by MSC infusion should be investigated by further studies. This study is in part supported by an ESOT Senior Clinical Research Grant and by the University of Liege. [less ▲]

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See detailA consecutive series of 100 controlled DCD liver transplantation
DETRY, Olivier ULiege; DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULiege; Ledinh, H et al

in Transplant International (2015, November), 28(S4), 109296

Introduction: Donation after circulatory death (DCD) have been proposed to partially overcome the organ donor shortage. DCD-LT remains controversial, with reported increased risk of graft loss and ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Donation after circulatory death (DCD) have been proposed to partially overcome the organ donor shortage. DCD-LT remains controversial, with reported increased risk of graft loss and retransplantation. The authors retrospectively reviewed a single centre experience with controlled DCD-LT in a 12-year period. Patients and Methods: 100 DCD-LT were consecutively performed between 2003 and 2014. All donation and procurement procedures were performed as controlled DCD in operative rooms. Data are presented as median (ranges). Median donor age was 57 years (16–83). Median DRI was 2.16 (1.4–3.4). Most grafts were flushed with HTK solution. Allocation was centre-based. Median recipient MELD score at LT was 15 (7–40). Mean follow-up was 35 months. No patient was lost to follow-up. Results: Median total DCD warm ischemia was 19 min (10–39). Median cold ischemia was 235 min (113–576). Median peak AST was 1132 U/l (282– 21 928). Median peak bilirubin was 28 mg/dL. Patient survivals were 90.7%, 75.5% and 70.7% at 1.3 and 5 years, respectively. Graft survivals were 88.7%, 72.1% and 67.1% at 1.3 and 5 years, respectively. Biliary complications included mainly anastomotic strictures and extrahepatic main bile duct ischemic obstruction, that were managed either by endoscopy or hepatico- jejunostomy. No PNF or graft loss due to ischemic cholangiopathy was observed in this series. Discussion: In this series, DCD LT appears to provide results similar to classical LT. Short cold ischemia and recipient selection with low MELD score may be the keys to good results in DCD LT, in terms of graft survival and avoidance of ischemic cholangiopathy. If symptomatic ischemic cholangiopa- thy is diagnosed, adequate management with endoscopy and surgical hepaticojejunostomy may avoid graft loss and retransplantation. [less ▲]

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See detailComparable transplant outcomes between DBD and DCD kidney grafts up to 5 years post-transplant: single centre experience
Ledinh, H; DETRY, Olivier ULiege; DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULiege et al

in Transplant International (2015, November), 28(S4), 193-194188

Introduction: This study aimed to determine the most recent results of kidney transplantation (KT) from donation after brain death (DBD) and circulatory death (DCD). Primary endpoints were graft and ... [more ▼]

Introduction: This study aimed to determine the most recent results of kidney transplantation (KT) from donation after brain death (DBD) and circulatory death (DCD). Primary endpoints were graft and patient survival, and graft function. Acute rejection and post-operative complications were assessed as secondary endpoints. Patient and Methods: This retrospective mono-center review consisted of 226 DBD- and 104 DCD-KT between 2008 and 2014. Results: Graft survival was comparable between two groups (95.1 vs. 91.1% at 1 year, 92.8 vs. 91.1% at 3 years and 89.2 vs. 91.1% at 5 years). 46% and 40% of graft loss were attributed to patient death with a functioning graft and rejection. Patient survival was comparable between 2 groups (97.8 vs. 95.1% at 1 year, 94.1 vs. 91.2% at 3 years, and 89.6 vs. 82.3% at five years). Etiology of patient death included cardiac arrest (16.7%), infection (16.7%), cancer (13.3%), and unknown cause (46.7%). Delayed graft function occurred in 14.6% of DBD- and 30.8% of DCD-KT (p = 0.001). Primary non function was encountered in 2.6% DBD- and 4.8% DCD-KT (p = ns). Graft function was worse in DCD than DBD up to 3 months post-transplant (p = 0.034), however, no difference existed afterwards. Biopsy-proven acute rejection was found in 12.8% and 13.5% of DBD- and DCD-KT during an average 3 months post- transplant (p = ns). This rate was 7.1% vs. 8.9% on surveillance biopsy performed between 3 and 6 months post-transplant (p = ns). Post-operativecomplication rate was comparable between 2 groups, concerning patient death, reoperation, transfusion, perirenal hematoma, macroscopic hematuria, urinary obstruction, wound problem, and infection. Nevertheless, contamination of preservation solution occurred more commonly in DCD than DBD (0.4% vs. 3.8%, p = 0.036). Conclusions: Despite worse early graft function, DCD-KT was not inferior to that originating from DBD up to 5 years post-transplant, therefore deserves to be used. [less ▲]

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See detailCOMPARISON OF DIABETES CONTROL ONE YEAR AFTER GASTRIC BYPASS AND MAGENSTRASSE AND MILL PROCEDURES
SCHLECK, Michael ULiege; KOHNEN, Laurent ULiege; DE FLINES, Jenny ULiege et al

Poster (2015, May)

Bariatric surgery has become a main therapy of type 2 diabetes in the obese population. The best surgical procedure to achieve diabetes control remains debated. Gastric bypass would be the preferred ... [more ▼]

Bariatric surgery has become a main therapy of type 2 diabetes in the obese population. The best surgical procedure to achieve diabetes control remains debated. Gastric bypass would be the preferred option according to its incretin stimulating potential. We compared in this study gastric bypass surgery to a pure restrictive procedure in terms of diabetes control at 1 year. [less ▲]

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See detailPrognostic value of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in liver transplantation for hepatocarcinoma.
Detry, Olivier ULiege; Govaerts, Laurence; De Roover, Arnaud ULiege et al

in World Journal of Gastroenterology (2015), 21(10), 3049-54

AIM: To evaluate the prognostic value of pretreatment FDG positron emission tomography computed tomography (PET-CT) in patients with hepatocarcinoma treated by liver transplantation (LT). METHODS: The ... [more ▼]

AIM: To evaluate the prognostic value of pretreatment FDG positron emission tomography computed tomography (PET-CT) in patients with hepatocarcinoma treated by liver transplantation (LT). METHODS: The authors retrospectively analyzed the data of 27 patients (mean age 58 +/- 9 years) who underwent FDG PET-CT before LT for hepatocarcinoma. Mean follow-up was 26 +/- 18 mo. The FDG PET/CT was performed according to a standard clinical protocol: 4 MBqFDG/kg body weight, uptake 60 min, low-dose non-enhanced CT. The authors measured the SUVmax and SUVmean of the tumor and the normal liver. The tumor/liver activity ratios (RSUVmax and RSUVmean) were tested as prognostic factors and compared to the following conventional prognostic factors: MILAN, CLIP, OKUDA, TNM stage, alphafoetoprotein level, portal thrombosis, size of the largest nodule, tumor differentiation, microvascular invasion, underlying cirrhosis and liver function. RESULTS: Overall and recurrence free survivals were 80.7% and 67.4% at 3 years, and 70.6% and 67.4% at 5 years, respectively. According to a multivariate Cox model, only FDG PET/CT RSUVmax predicted recurrence free survival. Even though the MILAN criteria alone were not predictive, it is worth noting that none of the patients outside the MILAN criteria and with RSUVmax < 1.15 relapsed. CONCLUSION: FDG PET/CT with an RSUVmax cut-off value of 1.15 is a strong prognostic factor for recurrence and death in patients with HCC treated by LT in this retrospective series. Further prospective studies should test whether this metabolic index should be systematically included in the preoperative assessment. [less ▲]

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See detailInfusion of third-party mesenchymal stream cells after liver transplantation: a phase-1, open-label, clinical study
DETRY, Olivier ULiege; VANDERMEULEN, Morgan ULiege; DELBOUILLE, Marie-Hélène ULiege et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2015, March), 78(1), 29

Background: Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) are multipotent bone marrow progenitors that have demonstrated significant immunosuppressive effects in various in vivo and in vitro studies. This study aimed ... [more ▼]

Background: Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) are multipotent bone marrow progenitors that have demonstrated significant immunosuppressive effects in various in vivo and in vitro studies. This study aimed to be the first evaluation of the safety and tolerability of MSC infusion after liver transplantation in a prospective, controlled phase-1 study. This study aimed to be the first evaluation of the safety and tolerability of MSC infusion after liver transplantation in a prospective, controlled phase-1 study. Patients & Methods: Clinical grade MSCs were locally collected from the bone marrow of unrelated healthy donors. They were cultured in a GMP-compliant lab, underwent extensive quality controls and were frozen for storage in a MSC bank. When needed for patient treatment, MSC were thawed and intravenously injected into patients. 10 liver transplant recipients under standard immunosuppression (TAC-MMF-low dose steroids until day 30) received 1.5-3x106/kg MSC on post-operative day 3±2. These patients were prospectively compared to a group of 10 control (MSC-) liver recipients. Primary endpoints were MSC infusion toxicity, and incidence of cancer and opportunistic infections at month 6. Secondary endpoints were patient and graft survivals and rejection at month 6, as well as the effects of MSC on recipients’ immune function and on immunohistology of at month 6 graft biopsies. Results: No MSC infusional toxicity was observed. Both groups were comparable in terms of donor and recipient characteristics. There was no difference in primary end-points between control and MSC groups. No patient developed de novo cancer. There was no statistical difference in patient and graft survivals or in rejection rates. There was no graft rejection in the MSC group. Month-6 graft biopsies were not different according to Banff and fibrosis scores. Discussion: This phase 1 study showed excellent tolerability and safety of a single infusion of third-party MSC after liver transplantation. There were no graft safety issues and no excess of immunosuppression after MSC injection. Further analyses of consequences of MSC injection on the immune profile are needed. The possibility of avoiding calcineurin-inhibitors with repeated MSC injections as main immunosuppressive therapy and/of tolerance induction by MSC infusion should be investigated by further studies. [less ▲]

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See detailBelgian multicenter experience with intestinal transplantation.
Ceulemans, Laurens J.; Monbaliu, Diethard; DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULiege et al

in Transplant International (2015), 28

Intestinal transplantation (ITx) has evolved from an experimental procedure towards a clinical reality but remains a challenging procedure. The aim of this survey was to analyze the multicenter Belgian ... [more ▼]

Intestinal transplantation (ITx) has evolved from an experimental procedure towards a clinical reality but remains a challenging procedure. The aim of this survey was to analyze the multicenter Belgian ITx-experience. From 1999-2014, 24 ITx in 23 patients were performed in Belgium, divided over 5 centers. Median recipient age was 38 years (8 months-57 years); male/female ratio was 13/10; 6 were children and 17 adults. Intestinal failure was related to intestinal ischemia(n=5), volvulus(n=5), splanchnic thrombosis(n=4), Crohn(n=2), pseudo-obstruction(n=2), microvillus inclusion(n=2), Churg-Strauss(n=1), necrotizing enterocolitis(n=1), intestinal atresia(n=1) and chronic rejection(n=1). Graft-type was isolated ITx(n=9), combined liver-ITx(n=11) and multivisceralTx(n=4). One was a living donor-related transplantation and five patients received simultaneously a kidney graft. Early acute rejection occurred in 8; late acute rejection in 4 and chronic rejection in 2. Two patients developed a post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease. Nine patients have died. Among 14 survivors at last follow-up, 11 have been transplanted for more than 1 year. None of the latter has developed renal failure and all were nutritionally independent with a Karnofsky score >90%. 1-/5-year patient and graft survivals were 71.1%/62.8% and 58.7%/53.1%, respectively. Based on this experience, ITx has come of age in Belgium as a life-saving and potentially quality of life restoring therapy. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLAPAROSCOPIC MAGENSTRASSE AND MILL GASTROPLASTY. FIRST RESULTS OF A PROPECTIVE STUDY
DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULiege; KOHNEN, Laurent ULiege; DE FLINES, Jenny ULiege et al

in Obesity Surgery (2014), 25

Abstract Background TheMagenstrasse and Mill (M&M) procedure is a vertical gastroplasty creating a tubular pouch extending from the cardia to the antrum. This “incomplete sleeve” avoids gastric resection ... [more ▼]

Abstract Background TheMagenstrasse and Mill (M&M) procedure is a vertical gastroplasty creating a tubular pouch extending from the cardia to the antrum. This “incomplete sleeve” avoids gastric resection or band placement. In this paper, we report our experience of the laparoscopic approach of the technique in a selected obese population excluding prominent grazer and/or sweet eaters. Material and Methods One hundred patients (39 males, 61 females) underwent the procedure in a prospective trial.Mean age was 40 years (range 18–68). Mean preoperative BMI was 43.2 kg/m2 (range 35–62). Results The procedure was performed by laparoscopy starting with the creation of a circular opening at the junction of antrum and corpus followed by a vertical stapling to the angle of Hiss. Mean duration of the procedure was 67 (range 40– 122) min. No intraoperative complication occurred. Mean hospital stay (SD) was 2.5 (0.9) days. The single postoperative complication consisted in a mild stenosis that responded to endoscopic dilatation. After a mean follow-up of 15 months (range 9–24), mean percentage of excess body weight loss (SD) was 48(14), 59(18) and 68(24)%, respectively at 3, 6, and 12 months. Quality of life appeared satisfactory with a low incidence of gastroesophageal reflux. The procedure was associated with improvement or resolution of diabetes, arterial hypertension, and dyslipemia at 1 year. Conclusions Our experience demonstrated that the M&M procedure could be performed safely laparoscopically. The satisfactory results on weight loss, obesity-associated mordities, and quality of life will need to be confirmed on longer follow-up. [less ▲]

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See detailPrognostic value of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in liver transplantation for hepatocarcinoma.
MEURISSE, Nicolas ULiege; DETRY, Olivier ULiege; Govaerts, L et al

in Transplant International (2014, September), 27(S2), 18-17

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See detailPrognostic value of FDG PET/CT in liver transplantation for hepatocarcinoma
DETRY, Olivier ULiege; Govaerts, L; BLETARD, Noëlla ULiege et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2014, March), 77(1), 08

AIM : FDG uptake has been shown to predict the outcome in large series of patients with hepatocarcinoma (HCC) in Asia, but few data are available regarding European populations. Our aim was to evaluate ... [more ▼]

AIM : FDG uptake has been shown to predict the outcome in large series of patients with hepatocarcinoma (HCC) in Asia, but few data are available regarding European populations. Our aim was to evaluate the prognostic value of pretreatment FDG PET-CT in patients treated by liver transplantation. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed the data of 27 patients (24 M and 3 W, mean age 58 ± 9 years). The mean follow-up was 26 ± 18 months (min 1 month, max 66 months). All patients had an FDG PET-CT before the transplantation. The FDG PET/CT was performed according to a standard clinical protocol: 4 MBqFDG/kg body weight, uptake 60 min., low-dose non-enhanced CT. We measured the SUVmax and SUVmean of the tumor and the normal liver. The tumor/liver activity ratios (RSUVmax and RSUVmean) were tested as prognostic factors and compared to the following conventional prognostic factors: MILAN, CLIP, OKUDA, TNM stage, alphafoetoprotein level, portal thrombosis, size of the largest nodule, tumor differentiation, microvascular invasion, underlying cirrhosis and liver function. Results : The DFS was 87.2% at 1y and 72.1% at 3y. The OS was 85.2% at 1y and 80.7% at 3y. According to an univariate Cox model, RSUVmax, RSUVmean and healthy liver were predictors of DFS and RSUVmax, RSUVmean, size of the largest nodule, CLIP, liver involvement>50%, and healthy liver predicted the OS. According to a multivariate Cox model, only RSUVmax predicted DFS and RSUVmax and liver involvement>50% predicted OS. An ROC analysis of the ratios showed that the 1.15 cut-off for RSUVmax was best for predicting both the DFS (Cox regression:HR 14.4, p=0.02) and OS (HR 5.6, p=0.049). The Kaplan-Meier curves and Logrank tests confirmed those results. Even though the MILAN criteria alone were not predictive, it is worth noting that none of the patients outside the MILAN criteria and with RSUVmax<1.15 relapsed. Conclusions: The RSUVmax is a strong prognostic factor for recurrence and death in patients with HCC treated by liver transplantation with a cut-off value of 1,15. further prospective studies should test whether the metabolic index should be systematically included in the preoperative assessment. [less ▲]

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See detailControlled DCD donation is part of the solution to liver graft shortage, regardless of donor age
DETRY, Olivier ULiege; MEURISSE, Nicolas ULiege; DELWAIDE, Jean ULiege et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2014, March), 77(1), 16

Aim: Results of donation after circulatory death (DCD) liver transplantation (LT) are impaired by ischemic bile duct lesions caused by procurement warm ischemia. Donor age is a risk factor in deceased ... [more ▼]

Aim: Results of donation after circulatory death (DCD) liver transplantation (LT) are impaired by ischemic bile duct lesions caused by procurement warm ischemia. Donor age is a risk factor in deceased donor LT, and particularly in DCD-LT. At the authors institute, age is not an absolute exclusion criterion to discard DCD liver grafts, controlled DCD donors receive comfort therapy before withdrawal, and cold ischemia is minimized. The aim of the present study was to report on the results of the first 10 years of this experience, and particularly on graft survival and the rate of post-transplant biliary complications, according to DCD donor age. 
 Methods: The authors retrospectively studied a consecutive series of 70 DCD-LT performed from 2003 to 2012, with at least one year of follow-up. This series was divided according to donor’s age, including 32 liver grafts from donors <55years, 20 between 56 and 69 years, and 18 from older donors >69 years. The three groups were compared in terms of donor and recipient demographics, procurement and transplantation conditions, peak laboratory values during the first post-transplant 72 hours, and results at one and four years. Median follow-up was 43 months. 
 Results: Overall graft survival was 98.5%, 91.4% and 69.5% at 1 month, 1 year and 4 years, respectively, without graft loss secondary to ischemic bile duct lesions. Cancer was the primary cause of graft loss and patient death. No difference other than age was noted between the three groups in donor and recipient characteristics, and in procurement conditions. There was no primary non-function but one patient needed re-transplantation for artery thrombosis. Biliary complications occurred similarly in the three groups. Graft and patient survival rates were not different at one and four years between the three groups. During the study period, there was an increasing liver procurement and transplantation activity, and in 2012, 30% of performed LT were DCD-LT, allowing a mean LT waiting time of 66 days. 
 Conclusions: This study shows comparable results between controlled DCD-LT from younger and older donors. Donor age >50 years should not be a contraindication to DCD-LT if other donor risk factors (such as warm and cold ischemia time) are minimized. DCD-LT with short cold ischemia may provide a significant source of liver grafts, decreasing waiting time. [less ▲]

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See detailDONATION AFTER CIRCULATORY DEATH LIVER TRANSPLANTATION: IS DONOR AGE AN ISSUE?
DETRY, Olivier ULiege; Ledinh, Heu; HONORE, Pierre ULiege et al

in Transplant International (2013, December), 26(s2), 112-228

Background: Donation after circulatory death (DCD) donors > 55 years are usually not considered suitable for liver transplantation (LT). At our institute, age is not an absolute exclusion criterion to ... [more ▼]

Background: Donation after circulatory death (DCD) donors > 55 years are usually not considered suitable for liver transplantation (LT). At our institute, age is not an absolute exclusion criterion to refuse DCD liver grafts. We retrospectively compared the transplant outcome of patients receiving older DCD liver grafts to the younger ones. Methods: 70 DCD liver transplants have been performed from 2003 to 2012, which includes 32 liver grafts from younger donors <55y (group A), 20 between 56 and 69 years (group B), and 18 from older donors ≥70 years (group C). The three groups were compared in terms of donor and recipient demographics, procurement and transplantation conditions, peak laboratory values during the first post-transplant week and results at one and three years. Results are expressed as median IQR. Results: No difference other than age in donor and recipient characteristics as well as procurement conditions was noted between both groups. Median donor age of the group A was 44 (38-45) years, in group B 62 (60-64) years and 73 (71-75) in group C. Median primary warm ischemia time (WIT) were 20 (17-22), 21 (19-25) and 19 (16-23) min, respectively (NS). Median cold ischemia time (CIT) was 236 (229-294), 245 (227-290) and 210 (195-277) min, respectively (NS). Peak AST (UI/ml) was 1162 (1072-3971), 1416 (1006-2752), and 1067 (902-4037), respectively (NS). There was no primary nonfunction and one patient needed retransplantation for artery thrombosis. Biliary complications occurred similarly in both groups, without graft loss secondary to ischemic cholangiopathy. Graft and patient survivals were not different at one and three years. Conclusion: This study shows comparable results between DCD liver transplants from younger and older donors. Therefore donor age >55 years should not be a contraindication to DCD liver transplantation if other donor risk factors (such as WIT, CIT) are minimized. [less ▲]

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See detailDONATION AFTER CIRCULATORY DEATH INCREASES THE CADAVERIC DONOR POOL
Le Dinh, H.; DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULiege; SQUIFFLET, Jean-Paul ULiege et al

in Transplant International (2013, December), 26(S2), 54-101

Background: There is a controversy on the possibility to increase the organ donor pool by donation-after-circulatory-death (DCD) and the possible decrease in donation-after-brain-death (DBD) by DCD ... [more ▼]

Background: There is a controversy on the possibility to increase the organ donor pool by donation-after-circulatory-death (DCD) and the possible decrease in donation-after-brain-death (DBD) by DCD programs. Our aim is to report the DCD experience at the University Hospital of Liege, Belgium, from 2002 through 2012, in a donor region of about 1 million inhabitants. Methods: The prospective organ donor and recipient databases were retrospectively reviewed. Results: 94 and 331 procurements were performed from controlled DCD and DBD donors in the time period, respectively. DCD donors contributed to 22.1% of the deceased donor (DD) organ procurement activity from Jan 2002 to Dec 2012, and up to one-third annually since 2009. DCD liver and kidneys contributed 23.7% and 24.2% of the DD liver and kidney transplantation activity, respectively. There was no decrease of the DBD procurement in the study period. In 2012, overall 54 DD were procured in the Liege region, reaching a high procurement activity.Conclusions: Controlled DCD donors are a valuable source of transplantable liver and kidney grafts, and in our experience do not adversely affect DBD organ procurement activity. [less ▲]

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See detailIS ULTRA-SHORT COLD ISCHEMIA THE KEY TO ISCHEMIC CHOLANGIOPATHY AVOIDANCE IN DCD- LT?
DETRY, Olivier ULiege; DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULiege; Cheham, Samir et al

Conference (2013, December)

Introduction: Donation after circulatory death (DCD) donors have been proposed to partially overcome the organ donor shortage. DCD-LT remains controversial, with reported increased risk of ischemic ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Donation after circulatory death (DCD) donors have been proposed to partially overcome the organ donor shortage. DCD-LT remains controversial, with reported increased risk of ischemic cholangiopathy leading to graft loss. The authors retrospectively reviewed a single centre experience with DCD-LT in a 9-year period. Patients and Methods: 70 DCD-LT were performed from 2003 to November 2012. All DCD procedures were performed in operative rooms. Median donor age was 59 years. Most grafts were flushed with HTK solution. Allocation was centre-based. Median total DCD warm ischemia was 19.5 min. Mean follow-up was 36 months. No patient was lost to follow-up. Results: Median MELD score at LT was 15. Median cold ischemia was 235 min. Median peak AST was 1,162 U/L. Median peak bilirubin was 31.2 mg/dL. Patient and graft survivals were 92.8% and 91.3% at one year and 79% and 77.7% at 3 years, respectively. One graft was lost due to hepatic artery thrombosis. No PNF or graft loss due to ischemic cholangiopathy was observed in this series. Causes of death were malignancies in 8 cases. Discussion: In this series, DCD LT appears to provide results equal to classical LT. Short cold ischemia and recipient selection with low MELD score may be the keys to good results in DCD LT, in terms of graft survival and avoidance of ischemic cholangiopathy. [less ▲]

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