June 2019

Frequency and Predictors of Renal Transplantation Among Patients Rendered Surgically Anephric for Sporadic Renal Cancer

Boswell T, Sharma V, Westerman M, et al.
Urology. April 2019.
DOI: 10.1016/j.urology.2018.12.037



To assess the frequency of renal transplantation in patients rendered surgically anephric during treatment of renal cancers as well as the clinicopathologic factors associated with receipt of transplantation.


A retrospective review was conducted to identify patients rendered surgically anephric between 2001 and 2016 due to cancer in both renal units or cancer in an anatomically or functionally solitary kidney. Patient demographics, comorbidities, and cancer features were compared between patients who subsequently received a renal transplantation and those who did not. Time-to-event analysis was used to compare time to transplantation across varied identified parameters.


Among 27 patients rendered anephric, 4 (15%) received a renal transplantation over a median follow-up of 21.6 months (interquartile range 7.2, 53.3). All transplanted patients were less than 70 years of age and had cT1a renal parenchymal mass at the time of nephrectomy. No patient undergoing completion nephrectomy for upper tract urothelial carcinoma received transplantation. Patients who were evaluated by the transplant service prior to nephrectomy were more likely to eventually undergo transplantation (60% vs 5%; P < .01). On time-to-event analyses, a cT1a renal parenchymal mass (P < .01) and a pre-nephrectomy transplant evaluation (P < .01) were associated with receipt of a transplant.


Patients rendered anephric via nephrectomy for cancer are more likely to receive renal transplantation if they are less than 70 years old, have a cT1a renal parenchymal mass, and receive transplant consultation before nephrectomy. These data may inform future patient counseling.

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Selecting Patients with Small Renal Masses for Active Surveillance: A Domain Based Score from a Prospective Cohort Study

Sotimehin A, Patel H, Alam R, et al.
J Urol. May 2019
DOI: 10.1097/JU.0000000000000033



We sought to identify predictors of active surveillance in a prospective cohort study of patients with a small renal mass demonstrating favorable outcomes. We generated a summary score to discriminate patients selected for active surveillance or primary intervention.


We analyzed the records of 751 patients from 2009 to 2018 who were enrolled in the DISSRM (Delayed Intervention and Surveillance for Small Renal Masses) Registry to compare active surveillance and primary intervention in the domains of demographics, tumor characteristics, comorbidity and patient reported quality of life. Regression models were created to assess univariable and multivariable model discrimination by the AUC and quality by the AIC (Akaike information criterion). The DISSRM score was based on the most predictive combination of variables and validated for its association with overall survival by Kaplan-Meier survival curves and a Cox proportional hazards regression model.


Multicenter retrospective analysis of 653 patients aged >75 yr who underwent PN (REnal SURGery in Elderly [RESURGE] Group).


Of the patients 410 (55%) elected active surveillance and 341 (45%) elected primary intervention. Of the domains patient age, the Charlson comorbidity index, tumor diameter and the SF-12® Physical Component Score had the greatest discrimination for clinical selection into active surveillance. These domains made up the DISSRM score (AUC 0.801). The maximum DISSRM score was 7. The average score for active surveillance was 4.19 (median 4, IQR 2–6) and 72% of scores were 4 or greater. The average score for primary intervention was 3.03 (median 3, IQR 1–5) and 63% of scores were 3 or less. A higher DISSRM score was associated with worse overall survival, for example a score of 6-7 had a HR of 10.45 (95% CI 1.25–87.49, p = 0.03).


The DISSRM score represents a measure of oncologic and competing risks of death in various important domains in patients with a small renal mass. It could be used to guide the management selection. Patients with intermediate scores that express illness uncertainty may require additional workup, such as confirmatory biopsy, to reach a treatment decision.

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Trifecta Outcomes of Partial Nephrectomy in Patients Over 75 Years Old: Analysis of the REnal SURGery in Elderly (RESURGE) Group

Bindayi A, Autorino Rb, Capitanio U, et al.
Eur Urol Focus Feb 2019.
DOI: 10.1016/j.euf.2019.02.010



Partial nephrectomy (PN) in elderly patients is underutilized with concerns regarding risk of complications and potential for poor outcomes.


To evaluate quality and functional outcomes of PN in patients >75 yr using trifecta as a composite outcome of surgical quality.


Multicenter retrospective analysis of 653 patients aged >75 yr who underwent PN (REnal SURGery in Elderly [RESURGE] Group).




Primary outcome was achievement of trifecta (negative margin, no major [Clavien ≥3] urological complications, and ≥90% estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR] recovery). Secondary outcomes included chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage III and CKD upstaging. Multivariable analysis (MVA) was used to assess variables for achieving trifecta and functional outcomes. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis (KMA) was used to calculate renal functional outcomes.


We analyzed 653 patients (mean age 78.4 yr, median follow-up 33 mo; 382 open, 157 laparoscopic, and 114 robotic). Trifecta rate was 40.4% (n = 264). Trifecta patients had less transfusion (p < 0.001), lower intraoperative (5.3% vs 27%, p < 0.001) and postoperative (25.4% vs 37.8%, p = 0.001) complications, shorter hospital stay (p = 0.045), and lower ΔeGFR (p < 0.001). MVA for predictive factors for trifecta revealed decreasing RENAL nephrometry score (odds ratio [OR] 1.26, 95% confidence interval 1.07–1.51, p = 0.007) as being associated with increased likelihood to achieve trifecta. Achievement of trifecta was associated with decreased risk of CKD upstaging (OR 0.47, 95% confidence interval 0.32–0.62, p < 0.001). KMA showed that trifecta patients had improved 5-yr freedom from CKD stage 3 (93.5% vs 57.7%, p < 0.001) and CKD upstaging (84.3% vs 8.2%, p < 0.001). Limitations include retrospective design.


PN in elderly patients can be performed with acceptable quality outcomes. Trifecta was associated with decreased tumor complexity and improved functional preservation.


We looked at quality outcomes after partial nephrectomy in elderly patients. Acceptable quality outcomes were achieved, measured by a composite outcome called trifecta, whose achievement was associated with improved kidney functional preservation.

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