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See detailRetrospective analysis of Belgian experience with intestinal transplantation
Ceulemans, L.J.; DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULg; DETRY, Olivier ULg et al

Conference (2013, March 21)

Aim: The only alternative to Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) for complicated intestinal failure is Intesti- nal Transplantation (ITx) which is perceived as a high-risk procedure with inferior results ... [more ▼]

Aim: The only alternative to Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) for complicated intestinal failure is Intesti- nal Transplantation (ITx) which is perceived as a high-risk procedure with inferior results compared to other organ Tx. Therefore ITx has been rarely applied in Belgium. In a multicenter retrospective review, we analyzed the overall Belgian experience with ITx. Methods: The Belgium Liver Intestine Committee organized a survey among all Belgian Tx centers, based on the patient-specific data form of the international ITx registry. Overall activity and indications were reviewed. Patient/graft survival was calculated (Kaplan-Meier). Nutritional (TPN) independence and Quality of Life (QoL) (Karnofsky score) were analyzed. Results: 21 ITx were performed in 20 patients (03/99-11/12), distributed among 5 centers: KUL (12), ULg (5), UZG (2), UCL (1), UZA (1). Median age was 38y(8mo-56y). Male/female ratio was 10/10. 5 were pediatrics (<18y) and 15 adults. Indications were anatomical or functional short bowel syndrome: intestinal ischemia(5), volvulus(5), Crohn(2), chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction(2), splanchnic thrombosis(2), Churg-Strauss(1), necrotizing enterocolitis(1), microvillus inclusion(1), intestinal atresia(1) and chronic rejection of a first ITx(1). Most patients also suffered from TPN-associated com- plications (infection/shortage of venous access or liver failure). An isolated small bowel was trans- planted in 9 patients (plus kidney Tx in 2; plus pancreas Tx in 1); 10 received a combined liver and ITx; 2 received a multivisceral Tx. At time of Tx, 11 patients were hospitalized and 10 at home. 20 grafts were procured from deceased donors; one segmental intestinal graft was procured from a living donor. ABO blood group was identical in 63%, compatible in 37%. Median cold ischemia time was 5h30 ́(3h17 ́-9h31 ́). All patients received tacrolimus-based immunosuppression. Basiliximab (anti-IL2 receptor antibody) induction was administered in 16 patients. In 11 patients donor specific blood was transfused as part of an immunomodulatory protocol. 5-year patient and graft survival is 59% and 55.6%, respectively. 8 patients died: 6 to sepsis, 1 to intracerebral hemorrhage; 1 sudden death re- mained unexplained. 1 patient developed postTx lymphoma. 2 chronic rejections occured for which one reTx was performed. Of 12 survivors (median follow-up 1870 days), 11 are nutritionally independent (TPN-free) and 10 have a Karnofsky score >90%. Conclusions: ITx has come of age in Belgium. During the last 13 years, 21 ITx were performed in 5 centers. A 5-year patient/graft survival of 59%/55.6% is achieved, which is similar to results reported by the International ITx registry. In Belgium, awareness should grow that ITx represents a life-saving (and QoL improving) treatment in selected patients with reduced life expectancy due to significant complica- tions from TPN and intestinal failure. [less ▲]

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See detailBelgian multicentre experience with intestinal transplantation
Ceulemans, L; DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULg; DETRY, Olivier ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2013, March), 76(1), 07

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See detailPRESERVATION OF NORMAL MORPHOLOGY OF HUMAN LIVERS AFTER 24 HOURS OF HYPOTHERMIC MACHINE PERFUSION. A FIRST-IN-MAN STUDY
Monbaliu, D.; Liu, Q.; Libbrecht, L. et al

in Transplant International (2011, September), 24(2), 151-151

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See detailLiver transplantation for donation after cardiocirculatory death donors: Belgian experience 2003-2009
DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULg; Ledinh, H.; Donckier, V. et al

Conference (2011, March 24)

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See detailDCD kidney transplantation from 2000 to 2009: a Belgian review
Darius, T.; Ledinh, H.; Monbaliu, D. et al

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See detailPreservation of normal morphology of human livers afte 24-hours of hypothermic machine perfusion: a first-in-man study
Monbaliu, D.; Liu, Q.; Libbrecht, L. et al

Conference (2011, March 24)

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See detailRescue of cold preserved human liver grafts, by hypothermic oxygenated machine perfusion?
Vekemans, K.; Van Pelt, J.; Wylin, T. et al

Conference (2011, March 24)

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See detailOutcome of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma listed for liver transplantation before and after the MELD-based allocation system within Eurotransplant. A BElgian multicentre retrospective study.
Vos, B.; Rogge, S.; Nevens, F. et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2011, March), 74(1), 13

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See detailAttempt to rescue discarded human liver grafts by end ischemic hypothermic oxygenated machine perfusion.
Vekemans, K.; van Pelt, J.; Komuta, M. et al

in Transplantation Proceedings (2011), 43(9), 3455-9

In a porcine liver transplant model, a brief period of oxygenated hypothermic machine perfusion (HMP) at the end of simple cold storage (SCS) has been shown to improve the viability of damaged liver ... [more ▼]

In a porcine liver transplant model, a brief period of oxygenated hypothermic machine perfusion (HMP) at the end of simple cold storage (SCS) has been shown to improve the viability of damaged liver grafts. To test the clinical validity of this strategy, we randomized SCS-discarded human liver grafts to either 4 hours of HMP (n = 13) or an additional 4 hours of SCS (n = 14). All livers were then warm reperfused to mimic ischemia-reperfusion injury ex vivo. The settings for HMP were: portal vein: 3 mm Hg, 300 mL/min and hepatic artery: 20 mm Hg, po(2): 300 mm Hg. Perfusion used Kidney Machine Perfusion Solution at 4 degrees C to 8 degrees C. During warm reperfusion, aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) values were higher (P < .015) among the SCS versus HMP methods at all times. The AST slope was lower in HMP versus SCS (P = .01). The LDH slope tended to be lower for HMP versus SCS (P = .07). Morphological scores were not different between HMP and SCS. At the start of warm reperfusion, MAPK was lower in HMP versus SCS (P = .02). Endothelin-1 (EDN1) and ICAM-1 tended to be lower in HMP versus SCS (P = .1 and .07, respectively). No difference was noted in MAPK, EDN1, and ICAM-1 after 60 or 120 minutes of warm reperfusion. In conclusion, HMP down-regulated MAPK and tended to reduce EDN1 and ICAM-1 mRNA in human liver grafts. During warm reperfusion, HMP versus SCS livers showed reduced AST and LDH release but no morphological difference. Further optimization of liver HMP may require different timing/duration of perfusion and/or an higher perfusion temperature. [less ▲]

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See detailLeft ventricular assist device as bridge to liver transplantation in a patient with propionic acidemia and cardiogenic shock.
Ameloot, K.; Vlasselaers, D.; Meersseman, W. et al

in Journal of Pediatrics (2011)

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See detailThe prognostic value of renal resistance during hypothermic machine perfusion of deceased donor kidneys
Jochmans, I.; Moers, C.; Smits, J. M. et al

in American Journal of Transplantation (2011), 11

Vascular renal resistance (RR) during hypothermic machine perfusion (HMP) is frequently used in kidney graft quality assessment. However, the association between RR and outcome has never been ... [more ▼]

Vascular renal resistance (RR) during hypothermic machine perfusion (HMP) is frequently used in kidney graft quality assessment. However, the association between RR and outcome has never been prospectively validated. Prospectively collected RR values of 302 machine-perfused deceased donor kidneys of all types (standard and extended criteria donor kidneys and kidneys donated after cardiac death), transplanted without prior knowledge of these RR values, were studied. In this cohort, we determined the association between RR and delayed graft function (DGF) and 1-year graft survival. The RR (mmHg/mL/min) at the end of HMP was an independent risk factor for DGF (odds ratio 21.12 [1.03–435.0]; p = 0.048) but the predictive value of RR was low, reflected by a c-statistic of the receiver operator characteristic curve of 0.58. The RR was also found to be an independent risk factor for 1-year graft failure (hazard ratio 12.33 [1.11–136.85]; p = 0.004). Determinants of transplant outcome are multifactorial in nature and this study identifies RR as an additional parameter to take into account when evaluating graft quality and estimating the likelihood of successful outcome. However, RR as a stand-alone quality assessment tool cannot be used to predict outcome with sufficient precision. [less ▲]

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See detailDelayed introduction of reduced-dose tacrolimus, and renal function in liver transplantation: the 'ReSpECT' study
Neuberger, J. M.; Mamelok, R. D.; Neuhaus, P. et al

in American Journal of Transplantation (2009), 9(2), 327-336

We report a multicenter, prospective, randomized, open-label trial investigating the effect of lower levels and delayed introduction of tacrolimus on renal function in liver transplant recipients. Adult ... [more ▼]

We report a multicenter, prospective, randomized, open-label trial investigating the effect of lower levels and delayed introduction of tacrolimus on renal function in liver transplant recipients. Adult patients with good renal function undergoing primary liver transplant were randomized to either: group A (standard-dose tacrolimus [target trough levels >10 ng/mL] and corticosteroids; n = 183); group B (mycophenolate mofetil [MMF] 2g/day, reduced-dose tacrolimus [target trough levels </=8 ng/mL], and corticosteroids; n = 170); group C (daclizumab induction, MMF, reduced-dose tacrolimus delayed until the fifth day posttransplant and corticosteroids, n = 172). The primary endpoint was change from baseline in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) at 52 weeks. The eGFR decreased by 23.61, 21.22 and 13.63 mL/min in groups A, B and C, respectively (A vs C, p = 0.012; A vs B, p = 0.199). Renal dialysis was required less frequently in group C versus group A (4.2% vs. 9.9%; p = 0.037). Biopsy-proven acute rejection rates were 27.6%, 29.2% and 19.0%, respectively. Patient and graft survival was similar. In conclusion, daclizumab induction, MMF, corticosteroids and delayed reduced-dose tacrolimus was associated with less nephrotoxicity than therapy with standard-dose tacrolimus and corticosteroids without compromising efficacy or tolerability. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of delayed introduction of calcineurin inhibitor on GFR in liver transplant: 12 month data from a multi-centre randomised controlled study
Pirenne, J.; Boon, N.; Colle, I. et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2009, January), 72(1), 30

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See detailLiver transplantation from donation after cardiac death (DCD) donors: Belgian experience 2002-2007
Detry, Olivier ULg; Donckier, Vincent; Lucidi, V. et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2009, January), 72(1), 21

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See detailMachine Perfusion or cold storage in deceased-donor kidney transplantation
Moers, C.; Smits, J.; Maathuis, M. H. et al

in New England Journal of Medicine [=NEJM] (2009), 360

BACKGROUND Static cold storage is generally used to preserve kidney allografts from deceased donors. Hypothermic machine perfusion may improve outcomes after transplantation, but few sufficiently powered ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND Static cold storage is generally used to preserve kidney allografts from deceased donors. Hypothermic machine perfusion may improve outcomes after transplantation, but few sufficiently powered prospective studies have addressed this possibility. METHODS In this international randomized, controlled trial, we randomly assigned one kidney from 336 consecutive deceased donors to machine perfusion and the other to cold storage. All 672 recipients were followed for 1 year. The primary end point was delayed graft function (requiring dialysis in the first week after transplantation). Secondary end points were the duration of delayed graft function, delayed graft function defined by the rate of the decrease in the serum creatinine level, primary nonfunction, the serum creatinine level and clearance, acute rejection, toxicity of the calcineurin inhibitor, the length of hospital stay, and allograft and patient survival. RESULTS Machine perfusion significantly reduced the risk of delayed graft function. Delayed graft function developed in 70 patients in the machine-perfusion group versus 89 in the cold-storage group (adjusted odds ratio, 0.57; P = 0.01). Machine perfusion also significantly improved the rate of the decrease in the serum creatinine level and reduced the duration of delayed graft function. Machine perfusion was associated with lower serum creatinine levels during the first 2 weeks after transplantation and a reduced risk of graft failure (hazard ratio, 0.52; P = 0.03). One-year allograft survival was superior in the machine-perfusion group (94% vs. 90%, P = 0.04). No significant differences were observed for the other secondary end points. No serious adverse events were directly attributable to machine perfusion. CONCLUSIONS Hypothermic machine perfusion was associated with a reduced risk of delayed graft function and improved graft survival in the first year after transplantation. (Current Controlled Trials number, ISRCTN83876362.) [less ▲]

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See detailPrimary graft nonfunction and Kupffer cell activation after liver transplantation from non-heart-beating donors in pigs
Monbaliu, D.; van Pelt, J.; De Vos, R. et al

in Liver Transplantation (2007), 13(2), 239-247

More extensive use of non-heart-beating donors (NHBD) could reduce mortality on liver transplantation waiting lists, but this is associated with more primary nonfunction (PNF). We assessed which ... [more ▼]

More extensive use of non-heart-beating donors (NHBD) could reduce mortality on liver transplantation waiting lists, but this is associated with more primary nonfunction (PNF). We assessed which parameters are involved in the development of PNF in livers from NHBD in a previously validated pig liver transplantation model, in which livers were transplanted after exposure to incremental periods of warm ischemia. The risk of PNF was unacceptably high (>50%) when livers were exposed to >30 minutes' warm ischemia before a short cold ischemic period. This study examined how PNF is affected by Kupffer cell activation (beta-galactosidase), the generation of cytokines tumor necrosis factor alpha and interleukin 6, antioxidant mechanisms (ascorbic acid, alpha-tocopherol, reduced glutathione), circulating redox-active iron, and sinusoidal endothelial cell function (hyaluronic acid clearance). Kupffer cells were more activated in PNF recipients, as suggested by higher beta-galactosidase levels (15 minutes after reperfusion), and secondarily, by higher production of tumor necrosis factor alpha and interleukin 6 (180 minutes after reperfusion). In addition, a-tocopherol and reduced glutathione were lower, and ascorbic acid and redox-active iron higher in PNF recipients. Finally, PNF grafts displayed progressively decreasing hyaluronic acid clearance (suggesting sinusoidal endothelial cell dysfunction) and parenchymal edema. Consequently, a reduced-flow phenomenon was documented. In grafts from NHBD that are destined to fail, beta-galactosidase activity (a surrogate of Kupffer cell activation) is higher, proinflammatory cytokines are overproduced, some antioxidant mechanisms fail, and circulating redox-active iron is more rapidly released. A no-flow phenomenon is eventually observed in these failing grafts. [less ▲]

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See detailOutcome of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma listed for liver transplantation within the eurotransplant allocation system
Adler, M.; Lerut, J.; Starkel, P. et al

in Journal of Hepatology (2006), 44(Suppl. 2), 14

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See detailLiver failure requiring liver transplantation (LTx) following weight-reduction surgery for morbid obesity
Risha, A.; Van Gheluwe, B.; Donckier, Vincent et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2005, January), 68(1), 63

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See detailTransplantations de tumeurs malignes insoupçonnées lors de greffes d'organes
Detry, Olivier ULg; Detroz, Bernard ULg; D'Silva, M. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1994), 49(1), 23-31

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See detailEvidence for Free Radical Formation During Human Kidney Transplantation
Pincemail, Joël ULg; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg; Franssen, Christine ULg et al

in Free Radical Biology & Medicine (1993), 15(3), 343-8

Fourteen patients undergoing kidney transplantation were studied for evidence of the production of free radicals as assessed by the measurement of vitamin E (an index of lipid peroxidation) and of ... [more ▼]

Fourteen patients undergoing kidney transplantation were studied for evidence of the production of free radicals as assessed by the measurement of vitamin E (an index of lipid peroxidation) and of myeloperoxidase (a marker of neutrophil activation) in the systemic blood. Early (2 min) and late revascularization (30 min) of the kidney were respectively associated with a significant decrease of 35.5 and 40% of the initial level of plasma vitamin E. This consumption paralleled to the decrease of the vitamin E/total lipids ratio, a better indicator of vitamin E status. Heparin administration preceding renal artery clamping resulted in a twofold significant increase of baseline plasma myeloperoxidase (MPO) level (523 +/- 214 ng/ml). At kidney reperfusion, MPO concentration rose again and reached a maximum value of 1,653 +/- 882 ng/ml, indicating the presence of considerable neutrophil activation. A return to the baseline value was observed after 30 min of reperfusion. A short discussion about the possible origin of this MPO increase is given. Taken together, these data strongly suggest that free radical production, leading to lipid peroxidation phenomena, can occur within the early phase of kidney revascularization. Preliminary data using electron spin resonance with the spin-trapping technique strengthen this hypothesis. [less ▲]

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