Profile of the average organ non-donor: Can it be used predictively?

Esther A. Torres, Namyr A. Martínez, Patricia Martínez, Alondra M. Ayala, Daniel Millián, Celia Rivera, Marien Saadé, Jean Davis

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Objective: To describe the profile of the average organ non-donor, compare it to that of the average donor, and identify characteristics that predict the likelihood that a given individual will be a non-donor. Methods: The charts of 397 consenting potential organ donors of LifeLink of Puerto Rico from 2009 through 2011 were reviewed. Data regarding gender, age, BMI, the presence of diabetes, hypertension and/or kidney injury, death from cerebrovascular accident, and smoking were collected. Results: Of the 397 charts reviewed, 283 were from donors, 96 were from non- donors, and 18 were excluded from the analysis. When compared to donors, non- donors were found more frequently to be 60 years old or older, diabetic, hypertensive, or obese; to have suffered from kidney injury, to have smoked and to have died of a cerebrovascular accident. On multivariate analysis, age, diabetes, kidney injury and smoking remained significant. However, after adjusting for age, only smoking and death from cerebrovascular accident remained statistically associated to non- donor status. Conclusion: Although being over 60 years old, having smoked and dying from a cerebrovascular accident were characteristics found significantly more frequently in non-donors, these characteristics were also present in some donors. Therefore, a careful evaluation of each potential donor is still mandatory to avoid the loss of transplantable organs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-131
Number of pages3
JournalPuerto Rico health sciences journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Organ donation
  • Organ non-donor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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