Endocarditis More Likely in Transplant Waiting List Patients
Bacterial endocarditis is more likely to develop among patients on a waiting list for a kidney transplant than among kidney transplant recipients, data show.
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The incidence rates of bacterial endocarditis per 1000 patient-years were 5.6 for waiting list patients compared with 2.6 for deceased-donor transplant recipients and 1.8 for living-donor transplant patients, according to a report in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (2008; published online ahead of print).
In-hospital mortality rates were 16% for the renal transplant group and 18.6% for the waiting list patients. Two-year post-endocarditis survival rates were 58% for transplant recipients and 41% for waiting list patients.