Posts Tagged 'kidney transplant'

Novel procedure improves kidney transplant success

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A new treatment might open the door for more patients with advanced kidney disease to get a transplant, a preliminary study suggests.

Of the 100,000-plus Americans waiting for a donor kidney, about one-third are “sensitized,” said Dr. Robert Montgomery, director of the Transplant Institute at NYU Langone in New York City.

Those patients face a tough situation: They harbor immune system antibodies that are primed to attack a donor organ.

The antibodies can form when a person is ...

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New UNOS kidney allocation system narrowed racial gaps in transplant

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A new kidney allocation system implemented in 2014 by the United Network for Organ Sharing reduced racial disparities in receipt of kidney transplants, according to a study published in the June issue of Health Affairs.

Taylor A. Melanson, from Emory University in Atlanta, and colleagues examined the effect of the new kidney allocation system implemented in 2014 on racial disparities in receipt of kidney transplant. Data were analyzed for 179,071 transplant waiting list events from June 2013 to September 2016, and ...

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HCV drugs may slash wait times for transplants

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Imagine this: You’re treating a patient with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who has been on the kidney transplant list for almost a year. That’s not a surprising delay; more than 100,000 people are on the waiting list nationwide, and the median wait time is now over 3.5 years. So your patient probably has at least two more years to wait—years of dialysis in which he might become too sick to receive that transplant or die before it becomes available. (More ...

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Methodist Dallas Transplant Institute Performs First Robotic Kidney Auto-Transplant in North Texas

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Surgeons at Methodist Dallas Medical Center continue to innovate in the field of robotic surgery. On December 14, 2016, transplant surgeons Alejandro Mejia, MD, FACS, and Richard Dickerman, MD, FACS, performed the first robotic auto-transplantation in North Texas using the da Vinci® Surgical System.

The 42 year-old female patient suffers from loin pain hematuria syndrome, a rare condition that causes persistent or recurrent flank pain (discomfort in the upper abdomen or back and sides) and blood in the urine. While the ...

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Research Suggests Kidney Donations Should Be Accepted From Older Patients

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Given the choice, most people on the kidney transplant wait list would choose an organ from a younger donor. But in some cases, receiving a lifesaving kidney from an older donor — alive or deceased — may be better than having no donor at all.

This new thinking is being driven, in part, by the shortage of kidneys available for transplant. According to the National Kidney Foundation, of the more than 121,000 people in the United States awaiting an organ transplant, ...

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UPMC Hamot’s Kidney Transplant Program Gets Final Approval

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The plan was for Patrick Carney to receive his sister’s kidney at Buffalo’s Erie County Medical Center.

Carney, 53, and Janet Laurin, who both live in Jamestown, N.Y., had already undergone a battery of tests in 2013-14 to determine they were a good match for transplant surgery. All that was left was to schedule the transplant.

“Everything was going great, then we learned ECMC had a problem and the surgery was delayed,” said Laurin, 61. “It didn’t have anything to do with ...

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Education Corner – Kidney Pumping

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Kidney Pumping – What does the data show?
What is kidney pumping?

When kidneys are recovered from a deceased donor there is a kidneyallocationsystemvariable delay prior to transplantation. In order to minimize ischemic damage to the tissue cells, historically, kidneys would be preserved with static cold storage (CS), e.g. in a cool box. An alternative to CS is to utilize machine perfusion (MP), commonly known as kidney ...

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Kidney Transplants Seen to Improve Aspects of Cardiac Health in CKD Patients

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Kidney disease patients who undergo a transplant show a degree of improved cardiac health afterward, researchers reported, highlighting the known, dynamic interaction between the kidneys and the heart.

For the study, “Improved Left Ventricular Structure and Function After Successful Kidney Transplantation,” published in the journal Kidney and Blood Pressure Research, a research team from Germany evaluated 31 patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who had received a kidney transplant.

The team performed medical examinations, laboratory tests and echocardiography before and after surgery. ...

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Kidney Transplantation Rejection Remains High with HIV

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Kidney transplantation in patients with HIV is associated with higher allograft rejection compared with patients without HIV, according to a presentation at IDWeek 2016. Clinical and fiscal outcomes, however, were the same between both groups.

Senu Apewokin, MD, medical director of transplant infectious diseases at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and colleagues identified candidates for kidney transplantation and patients with HIV between 2008 and 2013 using the Inpatient Databases of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project.

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How Six Healthy Kidneys Saved 140 Lives

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Every year, 4,500 Americans die waiting for a kidney transplant — but that’s not always due to a lack of willing donors.

In fact, many people in need of a kidney have family members or friends who want to donate. The problem is that you can’t accept a kidney from just anybody: Donors and recipients need to go through a series of medical tests to determine whether they’re a good match and whether the transplant will be successful.

So what happens when ...

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