ABO Blood Incompatibility Positively Affects Early Graft Function: Single-Center Retrospective Cohort Study

Shogo Watari, Motoo Araki, Koichiro Wada, Kasumi Yoshinaga, Yuki Maruyama, Yosuke Mitsui, Takuya Sadahira, Risa Kubota, Shingo Nishimura, Yasuyuki Kobayashi, Hidemi Takeuchi, Katsuyuki Tanabe, Masashi Kitagawa, Hiroshi Morinaga, Shinji Kitamura, Hitoshi Sugiyama, Jun Wada, Masami Watanabe, Toyohiko Watanabe, Yasutomo Nasu

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Background: We investigated the association between ABO-incompatible (ABO-I) kidney transplantation and early graft function. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed 95 patients who underwent living donor kidney transplantation between May 2009 and July 2019. It included 61 ABO-compatible (ABO-C) and 34 ABO-I transplantations. We extracted data on immunologic profile, sex, age, cold ischemic time, type of immunosuppression, and graft function. Two definitions were used for slow graft function (SGF) as follows: postoperative day (POD) 3 serum creatinine level >3 mg/dL and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) <20 mL/min/1.73 m2. Logistic regression analysis was performed to analyze the effect of ABO-I on the incidence of SGF. Results: The characteristics between the ABO-C and ABO-I were not different. ABO-I received rituximab and plasma exchange. Patients also received tacrolimus and mycophenolate mofetil for 2 weeks and prednisolone for 1 week before transplantation as preconditioning. Of the 95 study patients, 19 (20%) and 21 (22%) were identified with SGF according to POD 3 serum creatinine level or eGFR, respectively. Multivariable analysis revealed that ABO-I significantly reduced the incidence of SGF (odds ratio, 0.15; 95% confidence interval, 0.03-0.7; P = .02), and cold ischemic time >150 min increased the incidence of SGF (odds ratio, 6.5; 95% confidence interval, 1.7-25; P = .006). Similar results were identified in POD 3 eGFR. Inferior graft function in patients with SGF was identified up to 6 months after transplantation. Conclusion: ABO-I reduces the incidence of SGF, which is associated with an inferior graft function up to 6 months.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1494-1500
Number of pages7
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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