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Case Reports in Transplantation
Volume 2017, Article ID 8286257, 5 pages
Case Report

Successful Use of Ectopic Pelvic Kidney for Living Related Donation Technical Aspects and Literature Review

1Department of Surgery, Division of HPB & Transplant Surgery, Erasmus University Medical Center (Erasmus MC), Rotterdam, Netherlands
2Department of Nephrology, Erasmus University Medical Center (Erasmus MC), Rotterdam, Netherlands

Correspondence should be addressed to R. C. Minnee; moc.liamtoh@eennimcr

Received 23 March 2017; Accepted 10 May 2017; Published 4 June 2017

Academic Editor: David Conti

Copyright © 2017 R. C. Minnee et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Ectopic pelvic kidneys can provide an additional source of organs for transplantation. They are often excluded from donation in living donation programs mainly due to aberrant vascular and urinary anatomies. We present a donor with an ectopic left kidney, who successfully donated his kidney. The use of ectopic pelvic kidney for living kidney transplantation is a highly demanding surgical procedure but after extensive preoperative investigation in high volume centers with surgical expertise in vascular reconstruction and access surgery, ectopic pelvic kidneys should not be a contraindication for donation and should be considered as a viable option.