Background: Donor characteristics help guide donor pancreas acceptance for solid pancreas-kidney transplantation; however, these criteria vary worldwide. Such variation could result in nonuse of potentially transplantable organs. Using a registry cohort, we identified donor characteristics associated with donor pancreas retrieval and subsequent solid pancreas transplantation in Australia and New Zealand. Methods: Australia and New Zealand Organ Donor registry donor data from 2007 to 2016 were used to define cohort 1 (all donors authorized for pancreas retrieval) and cohort 2 (all retrieved donor pancreata considered for solid pancreas transplantation). Donor factors significantly associated with donor pancreas retrieval (cohort 1) and solid pancreas transplantation of retrieved donor pancreata (cohort 2) were determined via multivariable logistic regression. Results: Nonretrieval and nonuse of solid organ donor pancreas increased throughout the study period, and nonauthorization for pancreas donation remained stable. Donor body mass index, sex, and viral serology were associated with donor pancreas retrieval but not transplantation. Donor age, cause of death, donation after brain death status, terminal serum creatinine, and donor region were associated with both donor pancreas retrieval and acceptance for solid pancreas transplantation with donation after brain death status being the strongest predictor for both outcomes. Conclusions: Donor age, cause of death, donation after brain death status, terminal serum creatinine, and donor region were associated with both donor pancreas retrieval and subsequent transplantation in Australia and New Zealand. Subsequent correlation of these factors with post-pancreas transplant outcomes would help guide pancreas transplant decisions and minimize nonuse of potentially usable donor pancreata.
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|Published - Sept 2021