[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
Article
Novmber 8, 1976

Kidney Retrieval

JAMA. 1976;236(19):2215. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270200053038

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.

Abstract

The short supply of cadaveric kidneys has been a persistent bottleneck in providing the benefits of renal allotransplantation to patients with end-stage renal disease. An article in the August issue of Archives of Surgery (111:871-873, 1976) describes how a regionally organized retrieval effort can triple the yield of cadaveric kidneys for use in a transplant center over the number previously obtained from a large metropolitan area (Kansas City).

Local hospital personnel were trained for a week in the basics of kidney retrieval, preservation, and preparation for shipping, while local physicians attended orientation programs and a workshop. Public education efforts rounded out the program.

Eighteen months before the program was started, 65 kidneys were obtained from 35 donors. In a corresponding six-month period 18 months after the program was started, 160 kidneys were harvested from 83 donors. Particularly heartening was the gain in kidneys used for transplantation: from 65% before the

×