Nephrology Conference Coverage Archive

Kidney Week 2018 Study: Switching to Sucroferric Oxyhydroxide Can Lower Phosphate in HD

Study: Switching to Sucroferric Oxyhydroxide Can Lower Phosphate in HD

In a study, 42.4% of patients with serum phosphorus of 5.6 to 7 mg/dL lowered their levels to less than 5.5 mg/dL over 2 years.

Kidney Week 2018 Lower IV Iron Dosing Regimen in Hemodialysis May Be Feasible

Lower IV Iron Dosing Regimen in Hemodialysis May Be Feasible

In a study, patients received half the amount of iron during the reduced dosing period: 126.6 vs 51.2 mg/month.

Kidney Week 2018 Acute Kidney Injury Linked to Lower Bicarbonate Levels

Acute Kidney Injury Linked to Lower Bicarbonate Levels

Individuals with a serum bicarbonate level below 24 mEq/L have a 2-fold increased risk of AKI compared with those with a level of 25-28 mEq/L.

Kidney Week 2018 Canagliflozin Ups Survival in Type 2 Diabetes With Macroalbuminuria

Canagliflozin Ups Survival in Type 2 Diabetes With Macroalbuminuria

Canagliflozin vs placebo is associated with increased survival and renal outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes and macroalbuminuria.

Kidney Week 2018 Pre-Transplant Weight Loss Predicts Higher Post-Transplant Death Risk

Pre-Transplant Weight Loss Predicts Higher Post-Transplant Death Risk

Patients who lose 10% or more of their body weight from the time of their listing on a transplant waiting list are at higher risk of death following deceased-donor kidney transplantation.

Kidney Week 2018 Advanced CKD May Be a Risk Factor for Medial Arterial Calcification

Advanced CKD May Be a Risk Factor for Medial Arterial Calcification

In a study, progression of calcification did not increase until eGFR falls below 40 mL/min/1.73 m2.

Kidney Week 2018 High Mean Corpuscular Volume Ups Death Risk in PD Patients

High Mean Corpuscular Volume Ups Death Risk in PD Patients

Peritoneal dialysis patients with MCV of 96 fl or more had a 29% greater risk for early death compared with a reference group.

Kidney Week 2018 Frequent Hemodialysis Improves Serum Phosphate, Left Ventricular Mass

Frequent Hemodialysis Improves Serum Phosphate, Left Ventricular Mass

Patients who received hemodialysis 6 times per week instead of 3 showed improvements in biomarkers of mineral metabolism and left ventricular remodeling.

Kidney Week 2018 Magnesium Levels May Predict Peripheral Artery Disease Risk

Magnesium Levels May Predict Peripheral Artery Disease Risk

Higher magnesium levels are associated with a lower risk of peripheral artery disease, but only among individuals without impaired renal function.

Kidney Week 2018 ASN Announces Release of 'Roadmap' to Improve RRT

ASN Announces Release of 'Roadmap' to Improve RRT

The objective is to stimulate innovation by industry, academic institutions, and other organizations.

ERA-EDTA Congress Octogenarians Benefit From Nephrology Consult Before Dialysis Start

Octogenarians Benefit From Nephrology Consult Before Dialysis Start

In a Swiss study, patients aged 80 years or more were significantly less likely to die if they had a nephrology referral prior to initiating dialysis.

ERA-EDTA Congress Pre-Dialysis Anemia Ups Mortality After Dialysis Start

Pre-Dialysis Anemia Ups Mortality After Dialysis Start

Patients with vs without anemia prior to starting hemodialysis (HD) were more likely to die despite achieving target hemoglobin levels at month 4 after HD initiation.

ERA-EDTA Congress ESRD Risk Small Among Type 2 Diabetics

ESRD Risk Small Among Type 2 Diabetics

Type 2 diabetes is among the leading causes of end-stage renal disease (ESRD), but the estimated cumulative risk of ESRD at 20 years after diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is less than 1%.

ERA-EDTA Congress FGF23 Predicts Development of CKD Anemia

FGF23 Predicts Development of CKD Anemia

Anemia is 66% and 84% more likely to develop among patients in the 3rd and 4th quartiles of serum fibroblast growth factor 23 level vs those in the 1st quartile.

ERA-EDTA Congress Studies Provide Detailed Look at Treatment-Related Hyperkalemia

Studies Provide Detailed Look at Treatment-Related Hyperkalemia

Rates of hyperkalemia associated with receipt of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system inhibitors vary by age and comorbidities.

ERA-EDTA Congress Preeclampsia Increases Kidney Disease Risk Post-Pregnancy

Preeclampsia Increases Kidney Disease Risk Post-Pregnancy

The risk of chronic kidney disease among women who experience preeclampsia is particularly elevated within 5 years of delivery.

ERA-EDTA Congress Hyperkalemia Common in Stages 2-5 CKD

Hyperkalemia Common in Stages 2-5 CKD

Longitudinal study with preplanned serum potassium measurements may provide a more accurate estimate of the burden of hyperkalemia among CKD patients.

ERA-EDTA Congress Urothelial Cell Carcinoma Linked to High Albumin Excretion

Urothelial Cell Carcinoma Linked to High Albumin Excretion

Patients in the highest quintile of urinary albumin excretion had a 4.5-fold increased risk of urothelial cell carcinoma vs those in quintiles 1-3.

ERA-EDTA Congress Bardoxolone Shows Promise for ADPKD

Bardoxolone Shows Promise for ADPKD

In a phase 2 trial that enrolled 31 patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, treatment with bardoxolone resulted in a significant increase in kidney function.

National Kidney Foundation Annual Meeting Change in Red Blood Cell Distribution Width Tied With Mortality in HD

Change in Red Blood Cell Distribution Width Tied With Mortality in HD

In a study, increases in red blood cell distribution width during the first year of dialysis was associated with greater risks for death.

NKF 2018 Spring Meeting Post-Parathyroidectomy Predictors of Hungry Bone Syndrome Identified

Post-Parathyroidectomy Predictors of Hungry Bone Syndrome Identified

Predictors of hungry bone syndrome after parathyroidectomy include lower pre- and post-op calcium levels, according to a new study.

NKF 2018 Spring Meeting Predialysis Nephrology Care Associated With Lower AFib Risk

Predialysis Nephrology Care Associated With Lower AFib Risk

Older patients who had more frequent nephrology visits prior to initiating dialysis had a lower incidence of atrial fibrillation in the year after initiating dialysis compared with those who did not.

NKF 2018 Spring Meeting No Reduction in Platelets Found With IV Iron Use in CKD

No Reduction in Platelets Found With IV Iron Use in CKD

New study shows that IV iron repletion with sodium ferric gluconate complex increased platelet count significantly at week 3 post-infusion and non-significantly at week 4.

NKF 2018 Spring Meeting Mortality Risk After Community-Acquired AKI Lower in Women

Mortality Risk After Community-Acquired AKI Lower in Women

Investigators report that female vs male sex was associated with a significant 14% lower mortality risk following an episode of community-acquired acute kidney injury.

NKF 2018 Spring Meeting Intensive Phosphate Control May Reduce FGF23 in HD

Intensive Phosphate Control May Reduce FGF23 in HD

A serum phosphate control target of 4.5 mg/dL or below in hemodialysis patients was accompanied by a decline in fibroblast growth factor 23.

NKF 2018 Spring Meeting Fistula, Graft Angioplasty Success Linked to Aspirin Use

Fistula, Graft Angioplasty Success Linked to Aspirin Use

In a prospective study, aspirin users were more likely to have a successful outcome following PTA for venous stenoses in arteriovenous fistulas or grafts.

NKF 2018 Spring Meeting Fenofibrate Therapy Slows CKD Progression in Diabetics

Fenofibrate Therapy Slows CKD Progression in Diabetics

In a study of patients with type 2 diabetes, researchers observed a significantly lower annual decline in estimated glomerular filtration rate among those treated with fenofibrates vs placebo.

NKF 2018 Spring Meeting Cinacalcet Administration After Hemodialysis Safe, Effective

Cinacalcet Administration After Hemodialysis Safe, Effective

Control of parathyroid hormone did not differ markedly at 48 and 72 hours after in-center HD compared with 24 hours after daily oral administration of 30 mg cinacalcet.

NKF 2018 Spring Meeting Renal Allograft Failure Linked to Low Uromodulin Levels

Renal Allograft Failure Linked to Low Uromodulin Levels

Kidney transplant recipients in the highest tertile of serum uromodulin concentration had a 2-fold increased risk of allograft failure compared with those in the lowest tertile.

NKF 2018 Spring Meeting ADPKD Linked to Lower Mortality in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients

ADPKD Linked to Lower Mortality in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients

Among patients on peritoneal dialysis, the odds of death are 32% lower among those with vs without autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, meta-analysis finds.

NKF 2018 Spring Meeting Urea Found Safe and Effective for Hyponatremia

Urea Found Safe and Effective for Hyponatremia

Treatment with a novel urea formulation that is available in the United States safely improves plasma sodium levels, small study shows.

NKF 2018 Spring Meeting Phosphate Binders Do Not Interfere With Vitamin D Therapy

Phosphate Binders Do Not Interfere With Vitamin D Therapy

Mean 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels did not differ significantly among groups receiving phosphate binders or dietary therapy.

NKF 2018 Spring Meeting Most Disliked Dialysis Dietary Restriction Is Limited Fluid Intake

Most Disliked Dialysis Dietary Restriction Is Limited Fluid Intake

In a survey, nearly one-third of hemodialysis patients said they disliked fluid restriction.

NKF 2018 Spring Meeting High Mean Corpuscular Volume Ups Hemodialysis Patient Death Risk

High Mean Corpuscular Volume Ups Hemodialysis Patient Death Risk

Study of 109,501 incidental HD patients reveals an association between high mean corpuscular volume and increased risk of all-cause, cardiovascular, and infection-related mortality.

NKF 2018 Spring Meeting Extended-Release Calcifediol Reduces Bone Turnover in SHPT

Extended-Release Calcifediol Reduces Bone Turnover in SHPT

Levels of the bone turnover markers CTX and P1NP declined over approximately 6 months of treatment patients with CKD and secondary hyperparathyroidism.

NKF 2018 Spring Meeting Vitamin D3 and D2 Similarly Effective for SHPT in CKD

Vitamin D3 and D2 Similarly Effective for SHPT in CKD

Researchers found no significant difference between ergocalciferol and cholecalciferol in maintaining levels of vitamin D, parathyroid hormone, and calcium.

NKF 2018 Spring Meeting ADPKD-Related Kidney Failure Occurs Earlier in Non-Hispanic Blacks

ADPKD-Related Kidney Failure Occurs Earlier in Non-Hispanic Blacks

Among patients younger than 40, the prevalence of end-stage renal disease secondary to ADPKD was 9.94% among non-Hispanic blacks vs 7.68% among non-Hispanic whites.

Annual Dialysis Conference Renal Replacement Therapy Trends in ADPKD Characterized

Renal Replacement Therapy Trends in ADPKD Characterized

Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) due to autosomal polycystic kidney disease are more likely to receive a kidney transplant than those with ESRD from other causes, new study finds.

Annual Dialysis Conference Readmission Rates High for HD Patients After CVD Hospitalization

Readmission Rates High for HD Patients After CVD Hospitalization

In a study, the 30-day readmission rate for hemodialysis patients hospitalized for cardiovascular events was 34.2%.

Secondary Hyperparathyroidism SHPT Highly Prevalent Among Diabetic Nephropathy Patients

SHPT Highly Prevalent Among Diabetic Nephropathy Patients

Nearly 86% of diabetic nephropathy patients from an Egyptian outpatient center had elevated iPTH levels.

Kidney Week 2017 Phosphate Binder Use Tied With Better Survival

Phosphate Binder Use Tied With Better Survival

Phosphate binder use is associated with a 25% and 37% decreased risk of death from infection-related causes and all-causes, respectively, compared with non-users.

Kidney Week 2017 Reducing Phosphorus Improves Survival

Reducing Phosphorus Improves Survival

Achieving a phosphate value of 1.4 mmol/L seemed optimal.

Kidney Week 2017 IV Iron, Erythropoietin Equally Effective for Anemia in HD Patients

IV Iron, Erythropoietin Equally Effective for Anemia in HD Patients

Intravenous iron and erythropoietin produced a similar hemoglobin response among hemodialysis patients with moderate anemia.

Kidney Week 2017 Higher Hemoglobin Levels, Better Graft Function Linked

Higher Hemoglobin Levels, Better Graft Function Linked

The group targeting higher hemoglobin values experienced less decline in graft function.

Kidney Week 2017 Elevated PTH Tied to Arteriovenous Fistula Maturation Failure

Elevated PTH Tied to Arteriovenous Fistula Maturation Failure

Secondary hyperparathyroidism may have a detrimental effect on successful arteriovenous fistula creation, researcher says.

Kidney Week 2017 Acute Kidney Injury After Cardiac Revascularization on the Rise

Acute Kidney Injury After Cardiac Revascularization on the Rise

From 2004 to 2012, the incidence of AKI increased from 4.9% to 14.2% among CABG patients and from 2.7% to 8.8% among PCI patients.

Kidney Week 2017 Predialysis Anemia Treatment May Cut Mortality After HD Initiation

Predialysis Anemia Treatment May Cut Mortality After HD Initiation

HD patients with untreated or ineffectively treated anemia prior to dialysis initiation were more likely to die than those who had consistently well-treated anemia.

Kidney Week 2017 AKI More Likely After Intracoronary Versus IV Contrast Delivery

AKI More Likely After Intracoronary Versus IV Contrast Delivery

In a phase 3 trial, acute kidney injury developed in 13.2% of patients undergoing invasive coronary angiography compared with 5.6% of those undergoing computed tomography angiography.

Kidney Week 2017 Tolvaptan Slows Renal Function Decline in Later-Stage ADPKD

Tolvaptan Slows Renal Function Decline in Later-Stage ADPKD

Patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease treated with tolvaptan experienced a 35% decrease in the annual rate of decline in eGFR.

Kidney Week 2017 Low Uric Acid Ups Death Risk in Hemodialysis Patients

Low Uric Acid Ups Death Risk in Hemodialysis Patients

The 5-year survival rates was 80.7% for patients in the lowest quartile of serum uric acid at HD initiation versus 89.6% for those in the highest quartile.

Kidney Week 2017 Causes of Most Kidney Transplant Patient Deaths Reported as Unknown

Causes of Most Kidney Transplant Patient Deaths Reported as Unknown

Among kidney transplant recipients who died with a functioning graft, the cause of death was reported as unknown for 64% of them.

Kidney Week 2017 Higher Relative Urine Supersaturations Up Stone Risk

Higher Relative Urine Supersaturations Up Stone Risk

Likelihood of stone formation increases with higher calcium oxalate and calcium phosphate relative supersaturation.

Kidney Week 2017 Etelcalcetide Injection Into Parathyroid Glands Safe

Etelcalcetide Injection Into Parathyroid Glands Safe

In a pilot study, investigators observed no harmful effects from etelcalcetide injection, and 5 of 10 of patients had a greater than 50% decline in PTH levels.

Kidney Week 2017 Abnormal Sodium Levels Up Bacteremia Risk in Dialysis Patients

Abnormal Sodium Levels Up Bacteremia Risk in Dialysis Patients

Study reveals 2-fold higher incidence of bacteremia among dialysis patients with low and high serum sodium levels.

Kidney Week 2017 Waist-to-hip Ratio Predicts CV Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients

Waist-to-hip Ratio Predicts CV Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients

Each 0.1 increase in WHR is associated with a 1.7-fold increased risk of cardiovascular death.

Kidney Week 2017 Phosphate Binder Reduces FGF23 in CKD Patients

Phosphate Binder Reduces FGF23 in CKD Patients

Patients with non-dialysis chronic kidney disease and iron deficiency anemia treated with ferric citrate experienced significant declines in FGF23 regardless of change in serum phosphorus.

Kidney Week 2017 Rapid Correction of Inpatient Hyponatremia Can Occur Frequently

Rapid Correction of Inpatient Hyponatremia Can Occur Frequently

Study documents occurrence of rapid correction in 44.3% of hospitalized patients.

Kidney Week 2017 Paricalcitol May Be More Efficacious Than Cinacalcet in HD

Paricalcitol May Be More Efficacious Than Cinacalcet in HD

Therapy with paricalcitol alone achieved the greatest decline in intact parathyroid hormone among hemodialysis with secondary hyperparathyroidism.

Kidney Week 2017 Veterans With PTSD Less Likely to Die After Starting Dialysis

Veterans With PTSD Less Likely to Die After Starting Dialysis

Patients with post-traumatic stress disorder had an 11% lower death risk 1 year after initiating dialysis than those without the disorder, study finds.

Kidney Week 2017 'Clinically Negligible' Residual Kidney Function Still Beneficial

'Clinically Negligible' Residual Kidney Function Still Beneficial

Even at very low levels, residual kidney function in hemodialysis patients clears uremic solutes.

Kidney Week 2017 Rapid Kidney Function Decline in Blacks Linked to Elevated Uric Acid

Rapid Kidney Function Decline in Blacks Linked to Elevated Uric Acid

Each 1 standard deviation in baseline uric acid levels was associated with a significant 80% increased odds of rapid kidney function decline.

Kidney Week 2017 Low Urinary Uromodulin Predicts Worse Kidney Outcomes

Low Urinary Uromodulin Predicts Worse Kidney Outcomes

Patients in the lowest quartiles of urinary uromodulin had increased risks of end-stage renal disease and rapid kidney function decline.

Kidney Week 2017 Anemia Raises ESRD Risk in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease

Anemia Raises ESRD Risk in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease

In a study, end-stage renal disease was 31% more likely to develop in CKD patients with versus without anemia.

Diabetes Hypertension, Diabetes at Hemodialysis Initiation Increasing

Hypertension, Diabetes at Hemodialysis Initiation Increasing

From 1995 to 2015, the prevalence of hypertension and diabetes among patients starting hemodialysis increased from 67.9% to 87.6% and from 43.1% to 59.6%, respectively.

Kidney Week 2017 ESRD Frequently Follows Dialysis-Dependent AKI

ESRD Frequently Follows Dialysis-Dependent AKI

In a study, end-stage renal disease developed in 56% of patients discharged from a hospital with acute kidney injury requiring dialysis.

Kidney Week 2017 Biomarkers Predict Renal Function Decline, CV Events

Biomarkers Predict Renal Function Decline, CV Events

High levels of parathyroid hormone and fibroblast growth factor 23 in CKD patients are associated with need for renal replacement therapy or a 50% or greater decline in eGFR.

Kidney Week 2017 Intensive Home HD, Deceased-Donor Transplants Offer Similar Survival

Intensive Home HD, Deceased-Donor Transplants Offer Similar Survival

After adjusting for confounders, patients on intensive home hemodialysis and recipients of deceased-donor kidneys showed no significant difference in death risk

Kidney Week 2017 AKI at 12 and 24 Hours After PCI Independently Ups Death Risk

AKI at 12 and 24 Hours After PCI Independently Ups Death Risk

Timing of AKI after urgent percutaneous coronary intervention affects risk of significant kidney function loss 1 year after the procedure.

Kidney Week 2017 Anemia Linked to High FGF23 Levels in CKD Patients

Anemia Linked to High FGF23 Levels in CKD Patients

CKD patients in the 3rd and 4th quartiles of c-terminal serum fibroblast growth factor 23 had a 74% and 73% higher risk for anemia compared with those in the 1st quartile.

Kidney Week 2017 Post-Dialysis Survival Odds Better After CABG vs PCI

Post-Dialysis Survival Odds Better After CABG vs PCI

US veterans who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting versus percutaneous coronary intervention prior to starting dialysis had a 28% lower risk of death.

Kidney Week 2017 No iPTH Oversuppression With Extended-Release Calcifediol

No iPTH Oversuppression With Extended-Release Calcifediol

Intact parathyroid hormone levels decline in proportion with SHPT severity in patients taking the drug.

Anemia Anemia Risk Factors in Diabetic Nephropathy Patients Identified

Anemia Risk Factors in Diabetic Nephropathy Patients Identified

Proteinuria and renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system inhibitors are independently associated with a significant 6-fold increased odds for anemia in patients with diabetic nephropathy.

Kidney Week 2017 Resistant Hypertension Ups Risks of Cardiovascular Events, ESRD

Resistant Hypertension Ups Risks of Cardiovascular Events, ESRD

Study of U.S. veterans found that patients with resistant hypertension had 23%, 31%, and 144% higher risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, and end-stage renal disease, respectively.

Kidney Week 2017 Kidney Graft Loss Risk Not Associated With Vitamin D Deficiency

Kidney Graft Loss Risk Not Associated With Vitamin D Deficiency

In a study 383 kidney transplant recipients, low levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D were not associated with an increased risk of graft loss following transplantation.

Kidney Week 2017 In-Hospital Mortality Linked to High, Low Phosphorus

In-Hospital Mortality Linked to High, Low Phosphorus

Admission serum phosphorus levels below 2.5 and 4.9 mg/dL and above are associated with increased odds of dying in the hospital.

Kidney Week 2017 Girls With ESRD More Likely to Die

Girls With ESRD More Likely to Die

Girls with end-stage renal disease had 35% greater risk for death than boys.

Kidney Week 2017 Sucroferric Oxyhydroxide Improves Phosphorus Control

Sucroferric Oxyhydroxide Improves Phosphorus Control

After switching to sucroferric oxyhydroxide, a higher proportion of patients achieved in-range serum phosphorus levels.

Kidney Week 2017 ESRD Linked to Recurrent Symptomatic Kidney Stones

ESRD Linked to Recurrent Symptomatic Kidney Stones

Recurrent, but not first-time, symptomatic kidney stone formers are at elevated risk for end-stage renal disease and death.

Kidney Week 2017 Risk of First Infection-Related Hospitalization Higher With HHD

Risk of First Infection-Related Hospitalization Higher With HHD

Hemodialysis patients who have fistula are 24% more likely to experience a first infection-related hospitalization if they dialyze at home rather than in a dialysis center.

Kidney Week 2017 Kidney Week 2017 Expected to Draw More Than 12,000 Attendees

Kidney Week 2017 Expected to Draw More Than 12,000 Attendees

Findings from 4454 studies are being presented at the world's premier nephrology conference.

ATC 2017 Low Muscle Mass Predicts Mortality in Obese Transplant Recipients

Low Muscle Mass Predicts Mortality in Obese Transplant Recipients

In a study, obese transplant recipients with low muscle mass had an increased risk of death but not graft loss.

ATC 2017 NODAT Risk Similar After Switching From CNIs to Everolimus

NODAT Risk Similar After Switching From CNIs to Everolimus

The incidence of NODAT was 33.8% among patients who switched to everolimus and 36.4% among those who stayed on calcineurin inhibitors.

ATC 2017 Post-Transplant Infections, Cancer Do Not Up Mortality

Post-Transplant Infections, Cancer Do Not Up Mortality

Opportunistic viral and fungal infections or malignancies develop in 34% of kidney transplant recipients, but these complications do not affect patient or graft survival.

ATC 2017 Opioid Use Linked to Worse Outcomes in Kidney Transplant Patients

Opioid Use Linked to Worse Outcomes in Kidney Transplant Patients

Highest level of opioid use in the year prior to transplantation was associated with a 45% and 28% increased risk of death and graft loss, respectively.

ATC 2017 Diabetes Increases Post-Transplant Mortality Risk

Diabetes Increases Post-Transplant Mortality Risk

In a study, diabetes in both the donor and recipient was associated with triple the risk of death at 5 years post-transplant compared with the absence of diabetes in both the donor and recipient.

ATC 2017 Antibiotic Combo Found to Reduce Post-Transplant UTI Rate

Antibiotic Combo Found to Reduce Post-Transplant UTI Rate

Post-transplant UTI rates were lower when cephalexin was added to SMX-TMP than when SMX-TMP was used alone (7.5% vs 25.8%), study finds.

ATC 2017 Bacteremia Worsens Kidney Transplant Outcomes

Bacteremia Worsens Kidney Transplant Outcomes

Kidney transplant recipients who experienced an episode of bacteremia had double the risks of graft failure and death.

ATC 2017 CCI May Predict Outcomes Among Older Kidney Recipients

CCI May Predict Outcomes Among Older Kidney Recipients

Older patients with a Charlson Comorbidity Index score below 5 had a higher 3-year survival rate than those with a score of 5 or higher (90% vs 76%).

ATC 2017 Accepting High-Risk Kidneys Is Better Than Waiting

Accepting High-Risk Kidneys Is Better Than Waiting

High-KDPI kidneys can improve the likelihood of a functioning graft compared with waiting for a superior kidney.

ATC 2017 VTE Linked to Higher Death, Graft Loss Risk in Transplant Recipients

VTE Linked to Higher Death, Graft Loss Risk in Transplant Recipients

Venous thromboembolism is associated with a 4.1-fold increased risk of death and a 2.3-fold increased risk of death-censored graft loss among kidney transplant recipients.

ATC 2017 Risk Factors for Contrast-Induced AKI in Transplant Patients ID'd

Risk Factors for Contrast-Induced AKI in Transplant Patients ID'd

Risk factors include impaired renal function and inadequate hydration prior to contrast exposure.

ATC 2017 Stenting May Improve Transplant Renal Artery Stenosis Outcomes

Stenting May Improve Transplant Renal Artery Stenosis Outcomes

Angioplasty plus stenting is associated with less residual stenosis and a lower restenosis rate compared with angioplasty alone.

ATC 2017 Kidney Donor-Recipient CMV Matching Is a Promising Strategy

Kidney Donor-Recipient CMV Matching Is a Promising Strategy

Researchers report that matching deceased kidney donors and kidney recipients by cytomegalovirus serostatus optimizes high- and low-risk profiles.

ATC 2017 Living Kidney Donor Graft Survival Improving

Living Kidney Donor Graft Survival Improving

Five-year graft survival rates among recipients of kidneys from living donors increased from 76.6% in 1985-1894 to 85.4% in 2009-2015.

ATC 2017 Obesity Ups Diabetes Risk Among Living Kidney Donors

Obesity Ups Diabetes Risk Among Living Kidney Donors

The adjusted 5-year risk of insulin use following donation is 5 times higher among obese vs normal weight donors.

ATC 2017 Cipro Not Better for UTI Prophylaxis After Transplant With Stent

Cipro Not Better for UTI Prophylaxis After Transplant With Stent

In a study of renal transplant patients who received ureteral stents, ciprofloxacin did not lower the incidence of UTI compared with SMX-TMP.

NKF 2017 Spring Meeting Vitamin D and Calcium May Reduce Blood Pressure

Vitamin D and Calcium May Reduce Blood Pressure

As 25(OH)D levels increased, systolic blood pressure decreased significantly, even after accounting for calcium intake.

NKF 2017 Spring Meeting Voclosporin Shows Promise as Lupus Nephritis Treatment

Voclosporin Shows Promise as Lupus Nephritis Treatment

In a phase 2b trial, around half of patients taking the novel calcineurin inhibitor at a dose of 23.7 mg twice daily achieved complete remission at 48 weeks.

NKF 2017 Spring Meeting A Case of Calciphylaxis Without CKD or ESRD

A Case of Calciphylaxis Without CKD or ESRD

A patient experienced painful skin ulcers despite having normal renal function.

NKF 2017 Spring Meeting Topically Applied Drug May Improve Hemodialysis Fistula Survival

Topically Applied Drug May Improve Hemodialysis Fistula Survival

In a study, vonapanitase did not improve primary patency compared with placebo, but did improve secondary patency and fistula use for hemodialysis.

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