Feasibility of renal transplantation after unroofing of a large renal cyst in an expanded criteria donor

Prashanth Kanagarajah, Obi Ekwenna, Rajinikanth Ayyathurai, George W. Burk, Gaetano Ciancio

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We present a case in which a deceased donor kidney with a large simple cyst was successfully unroofed and transplanted to a 61-year-old male. The donor was a 62-year-old male with a history of hypertension for 2 years; cerebral vascular accident was the cause of death. A large 8-cm cyst distorting the renal hilum was identified upon the procurement of the deceased donor kidney. Prior to transplantation, the large cyst was unroofed from the allograft; the frozen section confirmed a benign cyst and the transplant was performed. Postoperatively, the serum creatinine level was 1.4 mg/ml at 22-month follow-up and the patient was normotensive. Deceased donor kidneys with giant cysts distorting the renal hilum can be effectively transplanted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-208
Number of pages3
JournalUrology Annals
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013



  • Expanded criteria donor
  • hemodialysis
  • kidney transplant
  • unroofing renal cyst

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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