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Living Donors Informed Consent

Pre-Nephrectomy Kidney Volume Matters

Pre-nephrectomy (kidney removal) volume, otherwise known as parenchyma ,was measured in 75 patients who underwent the procedure from 2000-2010. “Over median follow-up of 36 months postsurgery, progression to Chronic Kidney Disease (defined as GFR less than 60) occurred in 42.6% of patients…Median time to reach CKD postnephrectomy is 12.7 (range 0.03–43.66) months for renal volume …

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Kidneys and Vitamin D

Here’s a valuable piece of information you probably don’t know: Kidneys help synthesize Vitamin D. Vitamin D is not only essential in regulating phosphorus and calcium, which builds strong bones, but it also bolsters the immune and neuromuscular system, and plays a major role in the life cycle of cells. According to one study: “Vitamin D …

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Living As My Sister’s Keeper

The Establishment published this essay a couple of weeks ago, entitled Of Kin and Kidney Transplants: Living As My Sister’s Keeper. It juxtaposes the Herrick transplant with a personal narrative, interspersed with research about risks. (It’s much more impactful and entertaining than it sounds, I promise). Please read and share with everyone who needs to …

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Cardiovascular Changes in Living Kidney Donors After 12 Months

The data continues to mount.   “We hypothesized that the reduction in GFR in living kidney donors is associated with increased left ventricular mass, impaired left ventricular function, and increased aortic stiffness.” ” At 12 months, the decrease in isotopic GFR in donors was -30±12 . In donors compared with controls, there were significant increases …

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Kidney Donors’ Risk of End-stage Renal Disease – AGAIN

Recently, a media blitz heralded the arrival of an end-stage renal disease prediction calculator for potential living kidney donors, backed up by a prestigious publication in the New England Journal of Medicine. I glanced at the study, noticed that it used the “woefully incomplete” and “useless” OPTN database, and it only pulled living kidney donors …

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