Moderator's view: Pretransplant weight loss in dialysis patients: cum grano salis

Sever M. S. , Zoccali C.

NEPHROLOGY DIALYSIS TRANSPLANTATION, cilt.30, sa.11, 2015 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 30 Konu: 11
  • Basım Tarihi: 2015
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1093/ndt/gfv333


A high Body Mass Index (BMI) predicts delayed graft function, all cause and cardiovascular death after transplantation but such risk excess is apparently confined to patients included in studies performed before 2000. Perhaps with the exception of morbid obesity (BMI > 40), clinical outcomes in transplanted obese patients are definitely better than in listed dialysis patients who don't receive a renal transplant. Furthermore the new Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) risk calculator incorporates BMI into the prediction model of the global risk for the graft's and patient's survival appropriately framing the risk of obesity in a multi-dimensional risk context. In the aggregate, available knowledge suggests that clinical decisions on weight loss before transplantation should be context specific. Renal transplant patients from living donors have substantial better survival in comparison to well matched dialysis patients listed for the same intervention at all BMI categories. Therefore renal transplantation in obese patients with a living donor may be prioritized. The attitude of fully informed obese patients at accepting the risk driven by transplantation, the experience of the surgical team with obese patients (including also robotic surgery) are of obvious importance. Renal transplantation should be timely considered when reasonable attempts at weight loss failed or appear overtly unrealistic. Transplantation in morbidly obese patients with BMI > 40, a category where the survival advantage of transplantation vs dialysis is probably small and still uncertain, particularly so in African-Americans, should be deferred until significant weight loss is achieved.