Post-Tx Weight Changes May Increase Death Risk

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Transplantation. 2008;85:1443-1448

 

Patient weight changes after renal transplantation may be a marker for poor survival, data suggest.

 

In a study of renal transplant recipients, Sean H. Chang, MD, and Stephen P. McDonald, MD, of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woodville South, South Australia, found that weight loss of more than 5% in year 1 and year 2 was associated with an adjusted 64% and twofold increased death risk, respectively.

 

Weight gain of 20% or more in year 1 and 10% or more in year 2 were associated with an adjusted 78% and 67% increased death risk.

 

The researchers based their findings on an analysis of data from the Australian and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry.         

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