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

in Transplant International (2013, December), 26(S2), 53-98

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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See detailIs ultra-short cold ischemia the key to ischemic cholangiopathy avoidance in DCD-LT?
DETRY, Olivier ULg; DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULg; Cheham, S et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2013, May), Supplement 113(3), 6729

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See detailA Retrospective Monocenter Review of Simultaneous Pancreas-Kidney Transplantation.
Decker, Emmanuel ULg; Coimbra, C.; Weekers, Laurent ULg et al

in Transplantation Proceedings (2009), 41(8), 3389-3392

OBJECTIVE: Herein we have reviewed a consecutive series of simultaneous pancreas-kidney (SPK) transplantations performed at our institution over a 6-year period. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study population ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Herein we have reviewed a consecutive series of simultaneous pancreas-kidney (SPK) transplantations performed at our institution over a 6-year period. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study population included 22 patients (15 males and 7 females) who underwent SPK transplantation between 2001 and 2007. The mean recipient age was 47 years (range, 26-63 years). Eighteen patients suffered type 1 and 4 type 2 diabetes mellitus. The mean donor age was 33 years (range, 14-56 years). The mean HLA match was 2.1 (range, 1-5). Immunosuppressive treatment consisted of basiliximab induction followed by tacrolimus, mycophenolate mofetil, and prednisone. RESULTS: The mean hospital stay was 20 days (range, 11-52 days). After a mean follow-up of 44 months (range, 17-88 months), patient, kidney, and pancreas graft survivals were 86%, 82%, and 73%, respectively. Two patients died in the immediate postoperative period due to, respectively, disseminated intravascular coagulation and pulmonary embolism. A kidney graft was lost due to early hyperacute rejection. Other early complications associated with the pancreas graft included 2 cases of immediate reperfusion defects that led to early vascular thrombosis in 1 patient and a duodenal graft fistula in the other patient; a third patient developed type 2 diabetes mellitus. Beyond the postoperative period, graft loss was limited to 1 case of noncompliance to the immunosuppressive medications and 1 death secondary to pulmonary infection with a functional allograft after 4 years. CONCLUSIONS: SPK transplantation is a valid therapeutic option for patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and renal failure due to diabetic nephropathy. The main complications of SPK transplantation occur in the immediate postoperative period consequent to vascular or rejection processes. [less ▲]

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