Foreign Renal Transplants Measure Up to Those Performed in the U.S.

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Key Points

  • Kidneys transplanted abroad have comparable function to kidneys transplanted in the United States more than five years after surgery.
  • More than five years following transplantation, patients who received their transplant in the United States or abroad had equivalent kidney.
  • There were no differences in creatinine levels and estimated glomerular filtration rate. 

Kidneys transplanted abroad have comparable function to kidneys transplanted in the United States more than five years after surgery, a new study suggests.

Researchers at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, N.Y., analyzed data from 55 patients (32 patients transplanted in the United States and 21 patients transplanted abroad). Most of the foreign allografts (95%) were from living donors, whereas only 38% of patients transplanted in the United States received an organ from a living donor.

Among the foreign-transplanted patients, 10 (48%) received their transplants in India. The remaining patients were transplanted in Columbia (three patients), Philippines (two), Singapore (two), Guatemala (one), Dominican Republic (one), China (one), and Pakistan (one).

Elmhurst Hospital Center serves an ethnically diverse population, including a significant proportion of recent immigrants, said researcher George Coritsidis, MD, Chief of Nephrology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He and his colleagues noticed that many of their transplant patients had received their kidneys abroad.

More than five years following transplantation, patients who received their transplant in the United States or abroad had equivalent kidney, with no differences in creatinine levels and estimated glomerular filtration rate. 

Dr. Coritsidis, who presented study findings at the American Society of Nephrology's Renal Week 2009 in San Diego, said that 40% of the kidney transplant recipients at his institution received their kidneys abroad.

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