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Kidney transplants are the second most common transplant operation in the United States (over 16,500 cases per year - cornea transplants are first). Compared to heart, lung, or liver transplants, it is an easier and less complicated operation.

The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private organization that runs the US transplant system under a contract with the federal government.

Despite continuing advances in medicine and technology, the demand for kidneys drastically outstrips the number of donors. In 2013, there were over 96,000 persons on waiting lists for kidney transplants in the US.

There are two types of kidney transplantation: cadaveric and living donor. Cadaver organs are distributed to those on a waiting list based on criteria set forth by UNOS. Live donor transplantation has become increasingly common, due in large part to the success of the procedure and the shortage of cadaveric organs. Living donation allows the immediate transplantation of kidneys into recipients so operations can be scheduled electively once a suitable living donor has been identified. This avoids the long waiting times encountered with cadaveric donation. A new procedure, the laparoscopic nephrectomy, has greatly reduced the trauma and recovery period for a living donor.

Kidney transplant recipients usually must take immunosuppressants, or anti-rejection drugs, for the rest of their lives. Medicare coverage for these medications is currently limited to three years, but federal legislation has been introduced to extend coverage. Immunosuppressant medications run on average between $1,000 - $1,200 monthly.

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  NEWS and LATEST ARTICLES

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Hypertension in Kidney Transplantation Is Associated with an Early Renal Nerve Sprouting - Free, Full-Text Article from NDT. - June 2017

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CMV and BKPyV Infections in Renal Transplant Recipients Receiving an mTOR Inhibitor–Based Regimen Versus a CNI-Based Regimen: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized, Controlled Trials - Articles in Press Abstract from Kidney International. - June 2017

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Trial of Transplantation of HCV-Infected Kidneys into Uninfected Recipients - Free, full-text, of Letter to the Editor from the New England Journal of Medicine. - June 15, 2017

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Study of Cardiovascular Outcomes in Renal Transplantation: A Prospective, Multicenter Study to Determine the Incidence of Cardiovascular Events in Renal Transplant Recipients in Ontario, Canada - Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease. - June 14, 2017

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New Book — Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers: A Kidney Doctor's Search for the Perfect Match - Book summary from TheNephrologist.com. - June 13, 2017

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Someone You Know Needs a Kidney. Through a Donor Exchange, You Can Make Sure They Get One - Op-Ed from Los Angeles Times. - June 13, 2017

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The 50 Most Active Kidney Transplant Centers in 2016 - Article from Nephrology News & Issues. - June 12, 2017

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Broken Chains and Reneging: A Review of 1748 Kidney Paired Donation Transplants - Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation. - June 9, 2017

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Kidney Graft Success – Does Age and Sex Matter? - Press release from McGill University. JASN Express abstract. - June 8, 2017

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Calculator Estimates Success of Kidney Transplants with Particular Donor-Recipient Pairs - Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology. - June 8, 2017

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The Kidney Donors Journey: 100 Questions I Asked before I Donated My Kidney - KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network. - June 2017

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Nebraska Medicine Completes One of the Largest Internal Living-Donor Kidney Transplant Chains in the United States - Press release. - June 8, 2017

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Thousands Wait for Donated Organs - Article from the Indianapolis Recorder. - June 8, 2017

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Canadian Blood Services: Kidney Paired Donation Program - Results as of May 1, 2017 (505 transplants completed). - June 8, 2017

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Number of Medical Transplants Continues to Rise in Spain - Article from Xinhua. - June 8, 2017

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The Promise of Organ and Tissue Preservation to Transform Medicine - Free, full-text article from Nature Biotechnology. - June 7, 2017

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Association of Sex with Risk of Kidney Graft Failure Differs by Age - JASN Express abstract. - June 7, 2017

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Hospitalization Among Individuals Waitlisted for Kidney Transplant - Online First abstract from Transplantation. - June 6, 2017

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HIV-Infected Living Kidney Donors Have Low ESRD Risk - Article from Renal & Urology News. - June 6, 2017

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Bioengineering in Renal Transplantation: Technological Advances and Novel Options - First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology. - June 6, 2017

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New Allocation System Reduces Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Kidney Transplant - Press release from Emory Health Sciences. Abstract from Health Affairs. Article from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free). - June 5, 2017

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Renal Association Clinical Practice Guideline in Postoperative Care in the Kidney Transplant Recipient - Free, Open Access Article from BMC Nephrology. - June 2, 2017

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Serum Phosphorus and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease, All-Cause Mortality, or Graft Failure in Kidney Transplant Recipients: An Ancillary Study of the FAVORIT Trial Cohort - Articles in Press Abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases. - June 2, 2017

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Immunosuppressive Agents in Adult Kidney Transplantation in the National Health Service: a Model-based Economic Evaluation - Advance Article abstract from NDT. - June 1, 2017

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Strategies for Long-Term Preservation of Kidney Graft Function - related press release - Abstract from The Lancet. - May 2017

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Risk of Thyroid Cancer Among Solid Organ Transplant Recipients - Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation. - May 30, 2017

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Business As Usual for Organ Traffickers - Article via The Star Online (Malaysia). - May 30, 2017

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Has China Really Stopped Obtaining Organs from Executed Prisoners? - 11-minute video and transcript from PBS NewsHour. - May 29, 2017

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One Doctor's War against Global Organ Trafficking - Article from PBS NewsHour. - May 29, 2017

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New Drug Reduces Transplant and Mortality Rates Significantly in Patients with Hepatitis C - May 26, 2017

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Total Abdominal Wall Transplantation for Complex Transplant Cases – Experts Outline Technique - May 26, 2017

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Kidneys from Diabetic Donors May Benefit Many Transplant Candidates - Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology. Press release from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Article from HealthDay. - May 25, 2017

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Post-Transplant Hypophosphatemia and the Risk of Death-Censored Graft Failure and Mortality after Kidney Transplantation - CJASN Express abstract. - May 25, 2017

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Cedars-Sinai Kidney Transplant Pioneer Honored for Research Reducing Organ Rejection - May 25, 2017

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Late Conversion from Tacrolimus to a Belatacept-based Immuno-suppression Regime in Kidney Transplant Recipients Improves Renal Function, Acid-Base Derangement and Mineral-Bone Metabolism - First Online Abstract from Journal of Nephrology. - May 24, 2017

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Late Conversion from Tacrolimus to a Belatacept-based Immuno-Suppression Regime in Kidney Transplant Recipients Improves Renal Function, Acid-Base Derangement and Mineral-Bone Metabolism - First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology. - May 24, 2017

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NKF Statement on Increasing Organ Donation - Press release from the National Kidney Foundation. - May 2017

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Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Transplantation - May 23, 2017

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Kidney Paired-Donation Program Versus Global Kidney Exchange in India - Free, full-text, Early View Letter to the Editor from American Journal of Transplantation. - May 22, 2017

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A Transplant-Specific Quality Initiative–Introducing TransQIP: A Joint Effort of the ASTS and ACS - Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation. - May 20, 2017

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Use of a New End Stage Kidney Disease Risk Calculator in the Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes Guideline to Evaluate the Impact of Different Living Kidney Donor Candidate Assessments - Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology. - May 20, 2017

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US Dialysis Facilities with a Racial Disparity in Kidney Transplant Waitlisting - Full-Text PDF of Articles in Press from Kidney International Reports. - May 19, 2017

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Increased Resistance of Gram-Negative Urinary Pathogens after Kidney Transplantation - Free, Open Access Article from BMC Nephrology. - May 19, 2017

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Chinese Scientists Mull New Medical Technique (3-D Organ Printing) in Memphis - Article and video from The Commercial Appeal. - May 19, 2017

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Free, Full-Text Articles from the International Journal of Artificial Organs (Click on Full-Text Tab) - April 2017

blue ball Latest transplant news from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
blue ball Kidney Transplant news stories from Yahoo! News - Continually Updated!
 
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  ANTI-REJECTION DRUG INFORMATION

blue ball Azathioprine ("Imuran") - Drug Info from Medline Plus. National Library of Medicine PubMED search results for azathioprine and kidney transplant Continually Updated!
Corticosteroids ("Prednisone" and many others) - Drug Info from The MedMaster™ Patient Drug Information database. National Library of Medicine PubMED search results for corticosteroids and kidney transplant Continually Updated! Search results for prednisone Continually Updated!
Cyclosporine ("Sandimmune" or "Neoral") - Drug Info from Medline Plus. National Library of Medicine PubMED search results for cyclosporine and kidney transplant Continually Updated!
Mycophenolate ("CellCept") - Drug Info from Medline Plus. National Library of Medicine PubMED search results for mycophenolate and kidney transplant Continually Updated!
blue ball Pycnogenol ("Zenapax®") - Drug Info from Medline Plus. National Library of Medicine PubMED search results for daclizumab and kidney transplant Continually Updated!
Sirolimus ("Rapamune®") - Drug Info from Medline Plus. National Library of Medicine PubMED search results for sirolimus and kidney transplant Continually Updated!
Tacrolimus ("Prograf" or FK506) - Drug Info from Medline Plus. National Library of Medicine PubMED search results for tacrolimus and kidney transplant Continually Updated!
 

  WEB RESOURCES

blue ball Latest Scientific Journal Articles on Kidney Transplantation
blue ball Alliance for Paired Donation web site
Bienvenido a Infórmate - kidney transplantation information for Hispanic/Latino patients from the National Kidney Foundation
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Brochure Addresses Patients' Questions about Transplant Candidate Kidney Evaluation and Listing - PDF Resource from the United Network for Organ Sharing

Center and OPO Specific Reports from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients web site
Financial Assistance for Living Donors web site
The Gift that Heals: Stories of hope, renewal and transformation through organ and tissue donation - book by Reg Green
Guidelines for Preventing Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Through Transplantation of Human Tissue and Organs from the CDC - May 20, 1994
Help Hope Live web site
How the Transplant Waiting List Works - Article from the Renal Support Network - April 2011

The Jewish Kidney & Transplant Support Center - Advice and support for kidney transplant and dialysis patients

Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Program from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Kidney Transplant  web sites from Yahoo!
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Kidney Transplant eBook - by Dr. Leonardo V. Riella - September 2016

Living Kidney Donor Network
Living Kidney Donor Search
Living Kidney Donor Search Tools and Tips web site
Living Donors Online Message Board discussion page
Medical Complications of Kidney Transplantation (Hardcover) by Claudio Ponticelli (Editor) - January 2008
National Donor Memorial web site
National Foundation for Transplants web site
National Kidney Registry web site
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National Living Donor Assistance Center - Website developed by Transplant Informatics Institute, a subsidiary of UNOS.

National Service Framework for Renal Services: Part One - Dialysis and transplantation - Department of Health web site

Organ Donation Toolbox - from the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance web site

Organdonor.gov video explains donation, transplantation processes

The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) weekly updated Waiting Lists for transplants.
blue ball OPTN / SRTR 2013 Annual Report: Transplant Data - Annual report from the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.
Organ Transplant from the University of Southern California web site
Pediatric Transplantation web site
Pregnancy After Transplant from the Transplant Living web site
Influenza and Transplant Recipients: Ways To Prevent And Treat - Conversations in Transplantation from the American Society of Transplantation - November 2010
Q&A on Living Donation from the NKF web site
Questions About Kidney Transplantation from TransWeb.org web site
blue ball Renal Transplantation - this is a growing library of key high-impact articles in nephrology, chosen by UKidney's contributors as suggested reading for nephrology trainees and practitioners.
The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) web site.
Top 10 Myths About Donation & Transplantation from TransWeb.org web site
Transplantation and Organ and Tissue Donors and Transplant Recipients from the NKF web site.
TransplantLiving - the patient's connection to the transplant community from UNOS
Update: Investigations of West Nile Virus Infections in Recipients of Organ Transplantation and Blood Transfusion - from MMWR - September 20, 2002
UNOS Corporate Annual Report from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
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UNOS Transplant Pro - website for transplant professionals

Who is Eligible for Medicare? from the The Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare Information
 
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  ESSENTIALS AND CLASSICS

blue ball Transplantation Fact Sheet (pdf) from the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association
European Best Practice Guideline for Transplantation Part 1 and European Best Practice Guideline for Transplantation Part 2 - guidelines endorsed by the European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA)
Treatment Methods for Kidney Failure: Kidney Transplantation from the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
End-Stage Renal Disease: Choosing a Treatment That's Right for You: Transplantation from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
HLA Matching from the University of Michigan Medical Center.
 
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  KDIGO™ -  Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes
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Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) web site

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  PUBMED SEARCHES

kidney transplant Continually Updated!
organ donor and kidney Continually Updated!
renal transplant and HLA matching Continually Updated!
kidney transplant and complications Continually Updated!
kidney transplant and rejection Continually Updated!
 
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  LAPAROSCOPIC NEPHRECTOMY

Live Doner Laparoscopic Nephrectomy For Kidney Transplantation - article from the University of Southern California Kidney Transplant Program.

Here is a listing of articles on the laparoscopic nephrectomy procedure from the latest scientific journals (PubMed search).

 
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  NON-DIRECTED DONATION AND "SWAPS"

 
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  STATISTICS

blue ball U.S. Facts About Kidney Transplantation from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) web site
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  UPCOMING EVENTS

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  TRANSPLANT CENTERS

blue ball US Transplant Centers - from the OPTN web site
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  XENOTRANSPLANTATION, BIOTECH, AND STEM CELL RESEARCH

blue ball FDA Guidance for Industry on Xenotransplantation from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration
blue ball These two web sites provide opposing viewpoints on xenotransplantation. Here is the the International Xenotransplantation Association. Here is the web site of the Campaign for Responsible Transplantation, a group that opposes xenotransplantation.
blue ball U.S. Public Health Service Guideline on Infectious Disease Issues in Xenotransplantation from the Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) - August 24, 2001
blue ball Stem Cell Information - from the National Institutes of Health
blue ball Stem Cell Research - Full coverage page from Yahoo
blue ball Beyond Transplants: Growing Organs in the Lab from Popular Mechanics
blue ball 24-minute Video from The Kidney Project Facebook Page on their Implantable Artificial Kidney - This is a UCSF project headed by Shuvo Roy
 
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  DISCUSSION FORUM

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  INPUT / SUGGESTIONS

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