Education Corner: Frailty Among Kidney Transplant Candidates

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What is the Clinical Definition of Frailty?

The frailty phenotype is a multi-component syndrome in which three or more of the following criteria are met:

Are Frail Kidney Transplant Candidates at Risk of Poor Outcomes?

Kidney Transplant Candidates, regardless of age, are highly vulnerable to adverse events while awaiting a transplant. In kidney transplant candidates, frailty is associated with increased odds of fair or poor HRQOL (Health-Related Quality of Life) ...

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PBS News Explores Controversy of Compensation for Kidney Donors

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From PBS News Hour: In the U.S., Medicare spending on dialysis accounts for nearly 1 percent of the entire federal budget, and the cost is growing. On the other hand, kidney transplants are actually less expensive and offer the possibility of getting back to work and off disability, but there are not enough for every patient in need. Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks at ...

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A Dream Starting to Come True: Wearable Kidneys

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Without a transplant, patients with kidney failure need dialysis to stay alive. Dialysis does a good job of cleaning the blood and removing extra fluid, but it takes a lot of time and can hurt a patient’s quality of life. Since the 1970s, doctors have been trying to make a dialysis machine that patients can wear. The hope has always been to free patients from a huge machine that keeps them tied down. But there were no parts small and ...

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Man with world’s largest kidneys receives transplant at Mayo Clinic

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Champion. A title Gene Okun relishes.

Now, the man once-dubbed “Baby Arnold Schwarzenegger” holds a title he never wanted.

Doctors believe Okun, a former powerlifter and bodybuilder, has the largest kidneys in the world. An average kidney is the size of your fist. Okun’s are bigger than a football.

“I can’t say growing bigger kidneys was on my list of dream accomplishments. Unfortunately, as luck would have it, I am now famous for big ...

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UChicago Medicine deploys DaVita data sharing technology to help patients on kidney waiting list

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DaVita Kidney Care and the University of Chicago Medicine today announced the successful implementation of the Transplant Waitlist Support Program, which was created to help keep waitlisted patients transplant-ready by proactively and electronically exchanging patient information between DaVita and the transplant center.

“We were able to customize DaVita’s program to fit our center and help us deliver an even better experience for our patients,” said Yolanda Becker, M.D., professor of surgery and director of kidney and pancreas transplantation at the University of Chicago Medicine. “Helping our ...

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Kidney transplant increases survival in GPA patients

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Patients with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA, formerly known as Wegener’s) who develop end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and undergo a kidney transplant have a significantly reduced risk of death, a national study found.

Among patients with GPA who were wait-listed for renal transplantation from 1995 to 2014, those who received the transplant had a 70% reduction in all-cause mortality (RR 0.30, 95% CI 0.25 to 0.36), according to Zachary S. Wallace, MD, and colleagues from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital ...

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Alabama hospital uses telehealth to minimize travel times for kidney transplant patients

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A program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is connecting kidney transplant recipients in various cities in the state with Birmingham-based physicians via telehealth.

One of these patients, Sheri Faulk, was diagnosed with kidney disease in 1991, according to a May 3 university blog post. She has had to travel to Birmingham for treatments and appointments to assess her transplanted kidney since her diagnosis nearly 30 years ago.

Today, she travels to the Pike County Health Department in Troy, ...

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Kidneys Initially Deemed Unfit for Transplant Prove Viable, Study Shows

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AUSTIN, Texas, April 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The first study to track outcomes of transplanted kidneys that were previously deemed unfit for transplant shows a more than 90 percent graft survival rate for these kidneys a year after patients received them.

The study results, presented at the National Kidney Foundation 2018 Spring Clinical Meetings in Austin, highlights how a lack of standardization across transplant centers could be depriving patients of life-saving organs.

Currently 121,000 people are awaiting organ transplants in the United States, but nearly one out ...

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New intervention aims to improve treatment adherence among teen kidney transplant recipients

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Learning to become self-sufficient and responsible is part of life’s journey through the teen and young adult years. Mistakes are often made, and lessons are learned. However, for young kidney-graft patients, any mistake or failure in keeping to their strict immunosuppressive therapy can lead to tragic results. In fact, low-adherence to medication remains a major contributor to the high level of organ rejection in this age group.

Transplant specialists and researchers from eight leading pediatric medical centers across Canada and the ...

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Newer drugs make hepatitis C-positive kidneys safe for transplant

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People who received kidneys from donors infected with hepatitis C did not become ill with the virus, thanks to treatment with newer drugs that can cure the disease, a small study reports.

Ten patients not previously infected with hepatitis C took doses of powerful antiviral medications before and after receiving the transplants. None of the patients developed chronic infections, researchers report online March 6 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The finding could help make more kidneys available for transplants.

“If this increases access ...

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