Ratio of donor kidney weight to recipient bodyweight as an index of graft function

Lancet. 2001 Apr 14;357(9263):1180-1. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(00)04377-4.


Reduced renal mass or mismatching kidney size are risk factors for chronic allograft nephropathy. We assessed the effect of mismatching donor kidney weight and recipient bodyweight on renal graft function in 82 live donor kidney transplant recipients who did not have acute rejection. We calculated the donor kidney weight to recipient bodyweight ratio, and established the relation between this ratio and renal indices with a mixed model regression. We showed that recipients with a high ratio had better graft function.

Publication types

  • Letter
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Weight*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kidney / anatomy & histology*
  • Kidney Transplantation* / physiology
  • Living Donors*
  • Male
  • Organ Size
  • Regression Analysis