Transplantation

FDA Approves System to Reduce Pathogens in Donated Blood Plasma

FDA Approves System to Reduce Pathogens in Donated Blood Plasma

Targeted pathogens include AIDS-causing HIV, hepatitis B and C, and the West Nile virus

New U.S. Kidney Transplant Rules Take Effect

New U.S. Kidney Transplant Rules Take Effect

The changes to kidney transplant rules are intended to make organ allocation more equitable.

Genetic Marker May Help Improve Kidney Transplant Outcomes

Genetic Marker May Help Improve Kidney Transplant Outcomes

Researchers identified a genetic glitch that promotes kidney scarring.

Prior Kidney Donor Favorable Waitlist Policy is Working

Prior Kidney Donor Favorable Waitlist Policy is Working

Living kidney donors who are in need of a transplant later in life experience shorter wait times and receive better quality kidneys.

Once Pregnant, Living Kidney Donors More Likely to Have Hypertension

Once Pregnant, Living Kidney Donors More Likely to Have Hypertension

Living kidney donors are more likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure or preemclampsia once pregnant compared to non-donor.

Anticoagulants May Protect Transplanted Kidneys After Surgery

Anticoagulants May Protect Transplanted Kidneys After Surgery

An anticoagulant was found to preserve kidney function after transplantation.

Possible Tissue Injury Predictor in Transplant Recipients Found

Possible Tissue Injury Predictor in Transplant Recipients Found

Researchers may have found a predictor for focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) in kidney transplant recipients.

More Compensation for Living Kidney Donors, Urge Nephrologists

More Compensation for Living Kidney Donors, Urge Nephrologists

More reimbursement and compensation opportunities should be available for living kidney donors.

Transplant Plus Native Nephrectomy May Benefit Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) Patients

Transplant Plus Native Nephrectomy May Benefit Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) Patients

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This approach resulted in improved hypertension control in patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, new study found.

Many Kidney Failure Patients Unaware of Transplant Benefits

Many Kidney Failure Patients Unaware of Transplant Benefits

The vast majority of kidney failure patients reported that they were doing fine on dialysis and did not see a need for a kidney transplant.

Wearable Artificial Kidney Greenlit For Safety Testing

Wearable Artificial Kidney Greenlit For Safety Testing

Researchers expect to start safety and performance testing of the Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK) this autumn.

Post-Transplant Renal Cell Carcinoma Risk Factors Identified

Post-Transplant Renal Cell Carcinoma Risk Factors Identified

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Ultrasound surveillance for renal tumors should be performed on native and graft kidneys from 3 years after transplantation.

Living Kidney Donor Dilemma: Willing But Unable to Donate

Living Kidney Donor Dilemma: Willing But Unable to Donate

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Barriers to donation may explain why living donor kidney transplantation has been declining.

Post-Transplant Urologic Cancers More Likely in Women

Post-Transplant Urologic Cancers More Likely in Women

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In adjusted analyses, female transplant recipients had a significantly increased risk of urologic cancer and men did not.

Dual Kidney Transplant (DKT) May Improve Kidney Use

Dual Kidney Transplant (DKT) May Improve Kidney Use

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Graft survival was similar to that seen in concurrent single SCD kidney recipients

Kidney Transplantation Followed by Drop in Sclerostin Levels

Kidney Transplantation Followed by Drop in Sclerostin Levels

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Improved renal function may contribute to the decline in a glycoprotein that inhibits bone formation.

Kidney Failure From Polycystic Disease Linked to Better Outcomes

Kidney Failure From Polycystic Disease Linked to Better Outcomes

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Patients are more likely to receive a kidney transplant and less likely to die than patients with end-stage renal disease from other causes.

Gender Disparity in Desire for Living Kidney Transplant

Gender Disparity in Desire for Living Kidney Transplant

Black female hemodialysis patients less likely to want living transplant; more likely to receive offer.

Survival Benefit of Expanded Criteria Kidneys Probed

Survival Benefit of Expanded Criteria Kidneys Probed

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For some highly sensitized patients, expanded criteria donor kidneys do not confer a survival edge over standard criteria donor kidneys.

Circulatory Death, Brain-Dead Donor Kidneys Offer Equivalent Outcomes

Circulatory Death, Brain-Dead Donor Kidneys Offer Equivalent Outcomes

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Kidney transplanted from brain-dead donors or those who died from circulatory causes are associated with similar patient and graft survival.

Transplant Induction Protocols Offer Similar Patient, Graft Survival

Transplant Induction Protocols Offer Similar Patient, Graft Survival

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Study compared single-dose alemtuzumab and multiple-dose rabbit anti-thymocyte globulin.

Post-Transplant UTI Prophylaxis Protocol Addresses Sulfa Allergy

Post-Transplant UTI Prophylaxis Protocol Addresses Sulfa Allergy

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Using cephalexin instead of trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole may decrease UTI incidence and cost of care.

Risk Model Predicts Transplant Patient Readmission Risk

Risk Model Predicts Transplant Patient Readmission Risk

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Less than a high school education and delayed graft function are among the factors that increase the risk of readmission within 30 days.

Prior Cancer Ups Death Risk After Kidney Transplantation

Prior Cancer Ups Death Risk After Kidney Transplantation

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A pre-transplant history of malignancy increases the 10-year post-transplant mortality risk by 22%.

Older Age Predicts Renal Function Decline in Living Donors

Older Age Predicts Renal Function Decline in Living Donors

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Mean estimated glomerular filtration rate decreases by 0.57 mL/min/1.73 m2 annually with each 1-year increase in age at donation.

Living Kidney Donors Are At Higher Gout Risk

Living Kidney Donors Are At Higher Gout Risk

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In a study, donors were 60% more likely to be diagnosed with gout than matched healthy controls.

Kidney Donors Face Higher ESRD Risk

Kidney Donors Face Higher ESRD Risk

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They also are at elevated risk of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality, study finds.

Kidney Donation Safe for Older Donors

Kidney Donation Safe for Older Donors

No differences found in mortality, CVD between donors, nondonors older than 55.

Nephron Sparing Surgery Okay for Tumors in Transplanted Kidneys

Nephron Sparing Surgery Okay for Tumors in Transplanted Kidneys

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At last follow-up, 41 of 43 patients who underwent partial nephrectomy did not require dialysis.

Obesity Raises Risk of Delayed Renal Allograft Function

Obesity Raises Risk of Delayed Renal Allograft Function

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Delayed graft function is 41% more likely in obese than non-obese kidney transplant recipients.

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