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Transplant Wait List Watch 2016 #1

  Today, March 18, 2016, OPTN’s website states there are 78,104 *active* folks on the transplant wait list. The total of active and inactive folks totals 121,424. Remember: inactive candidates/registrants can’t undergo a transplant even if an organ becomes available. So, the wait list is artificially inflated by 35.6%  Today’s stat is a decrease of …

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OPTN Standards For Transplant Surgeons Are Too Low

This excerpt pretty much says it all: The learning curve [of a surgeon specializing in laparoscopic donor nephrectomy], defined by decreased operating time, averaged 35 cases. Improved intra-operative, patient, and recipient outcomes were observed for centers performing ?50 LDNs annually. The United Network of Organ Sharing [UNOS; in this case used as a synonym for …

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Anemia and Kidney Function

A living kidney donor recently asked me if there was a connection between kidney donation and anemia. Because I’m not a walking encyclopedia, I put my google-fu to work and learned a lot along the way. An analysis of NHANES III found that a GFR <60 was associated with a lower hemoglobin level and a higher …

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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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Living Donor Psychosocial Evaluations Are Inadequate

Seven European researchers, on behalf of the ELPAT Paychological Care for Living Donors and Recipients Working Group “performed a systematic literature review of guidelines, consensus statements, and protocols on the content and process of psychosocial screening of living kidney and liver donor candidates… Thirty-four publications were identified, including seven guidelines, six consensus statements, and 21 …

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