Emergency Autopsy for the Selection of Donor Kidneys: The Use of “Senile” Kidneys

Norman Ende, Charles F. Zukoski

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A review of 50 consecutive autopsies, at a hospital caring for an older age group, revealed that approximately 34% of the kidneys would have been potentially useful as donor kidneys. To evaluate most of these cases as donors would have necessitated an emergency autopsy including microscopic examination. Even among patients who died after the age of 60, the kidneys, in many instances, could probably have functioned adequately if transplanted, in spite of some evidence of senile nephrosclerosis. Of five patients—recipients of six donor kidneys —three are still alive after 14, 12, and 6 months, respectively. Ages of the donors at death were 27, 64, and 47 years, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)902-904
Number of pages3
JournalJAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Issue number11
StatePublished - Mar 15 1965
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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