Seatbelt injury resulting in functional loss of a transplanted kidney

Patrick P. McHugh, Timothy M. Clifford, Thomas D. Johnston, Ambar S. Banerjee, Roberto Gedaly, Hoonbae Jeon, Dinesh Ranjan

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The transplanted kidney, lying heterotopically in the iliac fossa, is especially vulnerable to damage from blunt trauma, particularly compression by vehicle seatbelt. We present a case wherein a functioning renal allograft lying in the right iliac fossa was severely injured by seatbelt compression, resulting in significant functional compromise and eventual loss. The patient later underwent successful retransplantation with a second living donor kidney. Management of injured renal transplant recipients requires appreciation of mechanisms likely to cause damage to the graft, as well as familiarity with available treatment options, both surgical and nonsurgical. As functional life spans of renal allografts improve, this type of injury will most likely be encountered with increasing frequency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-202
Number of pages4
JournalProgress in Transplantation
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation


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