Diagnosis & Disease Information

Older Donors Are Suitable

Simultaneous pancreas-kidney (SPK) transplants using organs from older donors are associated with reasonable graft survival and improved patient survival compared with waiting for a transplant from any donor, according to a study.

Obese Live Donors Incur Renal Risks

Live kidney donors who are overweight or obese have increased filtration fraction (FF) in their remaining kidney. This could explain the previously found increased risk of renal damage, according to researchers.

Protection for Pediatric Tx Patients

The 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (Prevnar) is safe and well tolerated in pediatric solid-organ transplant recipients, according to researchers at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. The vaccine was immunogenic against most vaccine-containing serotypes.

‘Pocket Pets’ Danger To Transplants

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed the spread of lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV) from a pet hamster to four recipients of organs from a single donor.

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