For the first time, doctors retransplant a kidney transplant already transplanted more than 10 years ago


For the first time, AP-HP teams have retransplanted a kidney transplant to a new patient. This graft came from a patient who had already undergone a kidney transplant more than ten years ago.

This is a national first: on Monday May 2, the teams from the sampling/transplantation departments of the Saint-Louis and Lariboisière AP-HP hospitals carried out the first removal of a transplanted kidney graft from a patient more than 10 years agoto be transplanted the same evening to a new recipient.

This sampling took place within the framework of the protocol Maastricht III, which provides for the removal of organs from patients with circulatory arrest following a decision to limit or discontinue therapeutic care. Admitted to intensive care at the Lariboisière AP-HP hospital after a massive strokethe patient removed had been discontinued.

His liver, as well as his kidney transplant transplanted more than ten years ago to compensate for kidney failure, were thus able to be removed.

A first for an intervention with “re-sampling” and “re-transplantation”

It’s here first time that such an intervention has taken place in France, within the framework of the Maastricht III protocol, with “re-harvesting” and “re-transplantation” of an organ already harvested and transplanted several years previously. The intervention was even a success: the kidney function of the recipient, also suffering from kidney failure, was regulated in 48 hours.

In April 2022, a liver, pancreas and kidney sample was also taken at Lariboisère Hospital from a category III donor in Maastricht. A success since a transplant was able to be performed immediately after removal from a diabetic patient, with immediate normalization of blood sugar and kidney function within a few days.

Source :

  • Press release, Public Assistance – Paris Hospitals, May 25, 2022

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