American Transplant Congress Annual Meeting Coverage

Bariatric Surgery May Increase Risk of Renal Allograft Loss

Bariatric Surgery May Increase Risk of Renal Allograft Loss

Possible reasons include malabsorption of immunosuppressive drugs and deposition of oxalate crystals in transplanted kidneys.

Patient Non-Adherence Predicts Worse Kidney Transplant Outcomes

Patient Non-Adherence Predicts Worse Kidney Transplant Outcomes

Rates of non-adherence to follow-up care and medication regimens also found to differ by race.

Prior Living Kidney Donors With ESRD May Not Get Timely Transplants

Prior Living Kidney Donors With ESRD May Not Get Timely Transplants

Some donors spend years on dialysis before being placed on the kidney transplant waiting list.

Muscle Density Predicts Death Risk in Patients Waiting for a Kidney

Muscle Density Predicts Death Risk in Patients Waiting for a Kidney

Each Hounsfield unit increase on CT is associated with a 7% decreased risk of death among waitlisted kidney transplant candidates.

Post-Kidney Transplant Mortality Linked to Pre-Existing Heart Disease

Post-Kidney Transplant Mortality Linked to Pre-Existing Heart Disease

Coronary artery disease before transplantation increases death risk by 77%, study finds.

Long-Term Kidney Transplant Outcomes Linked to 30% eGFR Decline

Long-Term Kidney Transplant Outcomes Linked to 30% eGFR Decline

An eGFR decline of at least 30% during the 6 to 24 months after kidney transplantation predicts a higher risk of graft loss.

Morbid Obesity Ups Viral Infection Risk After a Kidney Transplant

Morbid Obesity Ups Viral Infection Risk After a Kidney Transplant

In a study, viral infections occurred in 52.4% of patients with a BMI of 35 kg/m2 or higher compared with 37.1% of those with a lower BMI.

Discharge Disposition Affects Transplant Patient Readmission Risk

Discharge Disposition Affects Transplant Patient Readmission Risk

Patients discharged with home health or to a skilled nursing facility also were more likely to be readmitted.

Race Gap in Kidney Transplant Outcomes Narrows Dramatically

Race Gap in Kidney Transplant Outcomes Narrows Dramatically

At the end of a 22-year study period, the 1- and 3-year risk of graft loss did not differs significantly between black and white recipients.

Contrast-Induced Nephropathy in Kidney Tx Patients Characterized

Contrast-Induced Nephropathy in Kidney Tx Patients Characterized

Study reveals a 13% incidence of CIN in allograft recipients undergoing computed tomography or cardiac catheterization with contrast media.

Post-Transplant Renal Function Decline Predicts Worse Outcomes

Post-Transplant Renal Function Decline Predicts Worse Outcomes

A 30% decline in eGFR between 1 and 3 years post-transplant is associated with an increased risk of all-cause graft loss and patient death.

PPIs, Low Magnesium Linked in Renal Transplant Patients

PPIs, Low Magnesium Linked in Renal Transplant Patients

Study of renal transplant patients also shows that proton pump inhibitors are associated with increased arterial stiffness.

Diabetic Donor Kidneys Associated with Worse Outcomes

Diabetic Donor Kidneys Associated with Worse Outcomes

Recipients of diabetic donor kidneys—especially diabetic recipients—are at increased risk of graft loss and death.

Donor Kidneys Usable Despite Acute Kidney Injury

Donor Kidneys Usable Despite Acute Kidney Injury

Recipients of AKI kidneys have patient and graft survival rates similar to those of recipients of non-AKI kidneys.

Weight Loss May Lower the Risk of Post-Transplant New-Onset Diabetes

Weight Loss May Lower the Risk of Post-Transplant New-Onset Diabetes

Kidney recipients who lost the most weight prior to transplantation had a 25% decreased risk versus those with the most weight gain.

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