Kidney Week 2011 Transplantation Coverage

Black Transplant Patients with FSGS Are At Higher Risk

PHILADELPHIA—Among kidney transplant recipients with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), African-Americans (AA) have a greater prevalence of risk factors for allograft failure compared with other races, according to findings presented at Kidney Week 2011.

High Pretransplant Phosphorus Raises Post-Transplant Death Risk

PHILADELPHIA—High pre-transplant serum phosphorus levels are associated with worse outcomes following renal transplantation, according to study findings presented at Kidney Week 2011.

Live Kidney Donation Raises Hypertension Risk in Blacks

PHILADELPHIA—Live kidney donation by African-Americans increases their risk of hypertension, researchers reported at Kidney Week 2011.

Depressive Symptoms after Kidney Transplantation Are Associated with Decreased Survival

In a study presented at Kidney Week of 527 renal transplant recipients who had a median follow-up of seven years, researchers Dorien M. Zelle, MD, and colleagues at the University Medical Center Groningen in Groningen, the Netherlands, demonstrated that subjects who experienced depression following transplantation had an increased risk of death.

Acute Rejection Risk Higher with Membranous Glomerulonephritis

PHILADELPHIA—Membranous glomerulonephritis (GN) is the most common form of primary GN associated with acute renal allograft rejection following renal transplantation, researchers reported at Kidney Week 2011.

Pretransplant ESA Hyporesponsiveness May Worsen Post-Transplant Outcomes

PHILADELPHIA—Two research teams have found that hyporesponsiveness to erythropoiesis stimulating agents (ESAs) prior to renal transplantation is associated with a higher risk of post-transplant allograft failure and mortality, according to study findings presented at Kidney Week 2011.

Worsening Post-Transplant CKD Predicts Higher Graft Failure Risk

PHILADELPHIA—Worsening of chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage in the first year following renal transplantation is associated with an increased risk of graft failure, researchers reported at Kidney Week.

EC-MPS, MMF Similar in Efficacy in Tacrolimus-Treated Transplant Patients

PHILADELPHIA—Enteric-coated mycophenolate sodium (EC-MPS) and mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) are associated with similar outcomes in renal transplant patients receiving tacrolimus, according to study findings presented at Kidney Week 2011.

Renal Function Declines in Living Kidney Donors

PHILADELPHIA—Substantial proportions of living kidney donors have diminished renal function one year following their nephrectomy, investigators reported at Kidney Week 2011.

Study Hints at Why Diabetics Are Less Likely to Receive a Renal Transplant

PHILADELPHIA—Diabetics are less likely to be placed on a waiting list for a renal transplant and are less likely to be transplanted, according to findings reported at Kidney Week 2011.

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