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Access to renal transplantation for the elderly in the face of new allocation policy: A review of contemporary perspectives on “older” issues

Transplantation Reviews
DOI: 10.1016/j.trre.2013.10.002
  • Medicine


Abstract The benefits of renal transplantation have been demonstrated to extend to the elderly. As a result, more seniors have been placed on the kidney transplant wait list and have received renal allografts in recent years. In June 2013 significant amendments to deceased donor kidney allocation policy were approved to be instituted in 2014 with the goal of increasing overall life years and graft years achieved compared to the current system. Going forward, it is conceivable that transplant centers may perceive a need to adjust practice patterns and modify evaluation and listing criteria for the elderly as the proportion of kidneys distributed to this segment of the wait list would potentially decrease under the new system, further increasing wait times. This review examines contemporary perspectives on access to transplantation for seniors and pertinent issues for this subgroup such as wait time, comorbidity, and evaluation and listing practices. Potential approaches to improve the evaluation of elderly patients being considered for transplant and to increase availability of expanded criteria donor (or higher kidney donor profile index) and living donor organ transplant opportunities while maintaining acceptable outcomes for seniors are explored.

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