Evaluation of Deceased Kidney Donors for Renal Stone Disease: Is Computed Tomography Needed?

To investigate the clinical consequences of neglected risk of urolithiasis in deceased kidney donors in routine clinical practice, this study focused on different management options for transplanted allograft stones, and tried to find new solutions for more accurate detection of urolithiasis in deceased kidney donors prior to renal transplantation.

The overall prevalence of stone disease in endemic countries is between 7 and 29%. Because of the increased risk for stone disease in epidemic countries, screening renal grafts from deceased donors necessitates more sensitive imaging tests. Despite well established procedures on preoperative living related renal donor evaluation, there is no consensus on a preoperative imaging tool in cadaveric renal donor evaluation. The most commonly used imaging modality in deceased renal donors is ultrasonography. The overall sensitivity and specificity of ultrasonography for kidney stones are 45 and 88%, respectively. Use of a computed tomography scan for renal diseases, especially for urinary stones is now almost a routine test in clinical practice. Its sensitivity for renal stones < 3 mm is 85%, whereas for renal stones > 3 mm it is 100%.

The use of radiological modalities i.e. computed tomography with higher sensitivity in deceased donors prior to renal transplantation seems reasonable in urinary stone epidemic countries.

Current urology. 2018 Feb 20 [Epub]

Senol Tonyali, Ahmet M Aydin

Department of Urology, Turkiye Yuksek Ihtisas Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey., Department of Urology, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey.