Successful kidney transplant from methanol-intoxicated donors

Prog Transplant. 2014 Jun;24(2):199-205. doi: 10.7182/pit2014111.


The well-described disparity between the need for and the supply of organs suitable for transplant is growing. Because of this disparity, mortality of patients listed for transplant is increasing. Donors who die of intoxication (including victims of methanol poisoning) represent less than 1% of suitable donors and might be used to increase the supply of organs. They are often not accepted as donors by transplant specialists, because of concerns about patients' outcomes with these grafts. Three cases of fatal methanol intoxication that resulted in transplants of 6 kidneys are evaluated.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Brain Death*
  • Donor Selection*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / surgery*
  • Kidney Transplantation*
  • Male
  • Methanol / poisoning*
  • Middle Aged
  • Solvents / poisoning*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Solvents
  • Methanol