Journal Article

Effect of donor/recipient body weight ratio, donor weight, recipient weight and donor age on kidney graft function in children

Jaroslav Špatenka, Tomáš Seeman, Eva Foltynová, Jan Burkert, Jiří Dušek, Karel Vondrák, Jan Janda, Anna Habrmanová, Jana Krejčová and Karel Matoušovic

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation

Published on behalf of European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Assoc

Volume 27, issue 2, pages 820-824
Published in print February 2012 | ISSN: 0931-0509
Published online June 2011 | e-ISSN: 1460-2385 | DOI:
Effect of donor/recipient body weight ratio, donor weight, recipient weight and donor age on kidney graft function in children

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We hypothesized that supplementing a higher mass of renal parenchyma from adult donors, and their younger age, would improve graft function in paediatric recipients.


We calculated estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR; Schwartz formula) and absolute glomerular filtration rate (absGFR) in 57 renal-grafted children (1995–2007) aged 3.1–17.9 years, weighing 12.9–85.0 kg, on discharge from the hospital after transplantation (TPL), 1 year after TPL and at the last follow-up (1.5–11.7 years after TPL). We correlated their eGFR with the individual ratio between the donor and the recipient body weight at the time of TPL (donor/recipient body weight ratio; D/R BWR), and we evaluated the effect of the donor and the actual recipient body weight on the eGFR and absGFR.


The D/R BWR varied from 0.65 to 5.23. We found a significant positive correlation between D/R BWR and eGFR at discharge from the hospital (P < 0.001), 1-year post-TPL (P < 0.001) and at the last follow-up (P < 0.05). Using multiple linear regression analyses, we found that both eGFR and absGFR values were much more determined by the actual recipient weight than by the donor weight (27/6% and 43/4% at discharge, by 24/4% and 57/0% 1 year after TPL, and 0/0% and 20/0% at the end of the follow-up). A tendency for lower eGFR with increasing age of donors was apparent at discharge and 1 year after TPL, but it reached statistical significance only at the last follow-up (r = 0.4254, P < 0.01).


In paediatric renal transplants, the value of D/R BWR directly correlated with eGFR in the early and late posttransplant periods. However, this correlation was mainly influenced by the recipient weight, while the donor weight played only a minor or negligible role.

Keywords: absolute GFR; body weight; children; eGFR; kidney transplantation

Journal Article.  2655 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Nephrology

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