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Veterinary Forum February 2008 (Vol 25, No 2)

100th feline renal transplant performed at U of Penn

by Robert Vasilopulos, DVM, Andrew Mackin, BSc, BVMS, MVS, DVSc, DACVIM

    PHILADELPHIA —­ Gordy, an 8-year-old black cat, became the 100th kidney recipient in the Penn Vet feline renal transplant program.

    With the assistance of Lillian R. Aronson, VMD, DACVS, associate professor of small animal surgery at The University of Pennsylvania's Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital, the surgical team successfully completed the 6-hour surgery.

    U of Penn began its feline transplant program in 1998. Today, it is the only teaching hospital on the East Coast that performs feline kidney transplants. One important requirement of the program: The donor cat in this case, Jack, a 1-year-old black cat originally from a York County shelter, goes home with the recipient cat.

    The procedure involves two surgical teams operating on both cats simultaneously. Donor cats fare well with only one kidney. The mean survival time for recipient cats is close to 4 years, with some cats living 8 years or longer.

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