Pancreas graft loss caused by intra-abdominal infection: A risk factor for a subsequent pancreas retransplantation

Enrico Benedetti, Christoph Troppmann, Angelika C. Gruessner, David E.R. Sutherland, David L. Dunn, Rainer W.G. Gruessner

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Abstract

Objective: To investigate whether previous pancreas graft loss caused by intra-abdominal infection is a risk factor for a subsequent pancreas retransplantation. Design: Retrospective case-series analysis. Setting: Large university hospital. Patients: Of 97 pancreatic retransplantations (July 1, 1985 to June 30, 1994), 13 (13%) were performed after previous pancreas grafts had been lost because of intraabdominal infection. Main Outcome Measures: Cause of retransplant graft loss; patient survival. Results: Of 13 cases of pancreatic retransplantations performed after previous grafts had been lost because of intraabdominal infection, 12 (92%) were again complicated by intra-abdominal infection. Of these 12 retransplantation infections, 10 were caused by the same microbial species that had caused failure of the previous graft 1 to 5 years earlier (8 required graft pancreatectomy [mortality rate, 25%], and 2 were successfully treated) and 2 were caused by different microbial species (both required graft pancreatectomy [mortality rate, 0%]). In 1 of the 13 retransplantations, prophylactic antimicrobial treatment was directed at the microbial species that had caused failure of the previous graft; no recurrent intraabdominal infection developed. Conclusions: Intra-abdominal infection after a previous pancreas transplantation is a risk factor for recurrence of infection by the same microbial species after a subsequent retransplantation. For the selected patients who are considered for retransplantation in spite of their previous graft loss caused by intra-abdominal infection, periretransplantation antimicrobial prophylaxis should include a prolonged course of an agent directed against the previously identified microbial species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1054-1060
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Surgery
Volume131
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1996

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  • Surgery

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