, Volume 18, Issue 11, pp 1625-1630
Date: 11 Oct 2004

Intraoperative fluid management in laparoscopic live-donor nephrectomy: Challenging the dogma

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Patients undergoing laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy (LLDN) commonly receive large amounts of fluid intraoperatively to counter the negative effects of pneumoperitoneum on renal function. Our aim is to demonstrate that a low-volume fluid management strategy does not adversely affect donor or recipient outcomes.


Fifty-two patients underwent LLDN between December 2000 and January 2004. Data were collected in prospective databases, and augmented with retrospective medical record review. Donors were divided into two groups: the fluid-load group (n = 24) received >10 ml/kg/h of intravenous crystalloids intraoperatively, while the fluid-restriction group (n = 28) received <10 m/kg/h.


Donors in the fluid-restriction group had a lower intraoperative urine output. There were no differences in postoperative creatinine levels (117.5 μmol/L vs 121.5 μmol/L, p = 0.8) or complications (4.2% vs 7.1%, p = 0.9). In the recipients, there were no differences in postoperative creatinine levels up to 12 months, incidence of delayed graft function (18% vs 10%, p = 0.7) or acute rejection (9% vs 5%, p = 1.0) between groups.


Lower volume fluid management strategies in LLDN do not appear to worsen recipient outcomes nor are they detrimental to the donors.

Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), Denver, CO, USA, March 2004