RenalWEB Home Page
Last Updated 07/15/18
   

PubMed Searches

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.

Warning: Changes should never be made in a patient's treatment or care based solely on the information found here.  All patients have unique healthcare concerns and considerations and these must all be taken into account before any changes can be safely made.  All medical and therapeutic decisions must come from a qualified health care provider.  Read RenalWEB's Legal Disclaimer before proceeding.

  NEWS and LATEST ARTICLES

blue ball

Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT - July 2018

blue ball

A Randomized Trial of a Multicomponent Intervention to Promote Medication Adherence: The Teen Adherence in Kidney Transplant Effectiveness of Intervention Trial (TAKE-IT) - Free, Full-Text Article from American Journal of Kidney Diseases. - July 2018

blue ball

Free, Full-Text Articles from Transplantation - July 2018

blue ball

Preservation of Kidney Function in Kidney Transplant Recipients by Alkali Therapy (Preserve-Transplant Study): Rationale and Study Protocol - Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology. - July 13, 2018

blue ball

New York Organ Collection Agency, Nation's Second-Largest, Threatened with Closure - Article from The Washington Post. - July 11, 2018

blue ball

Social Support May Unduly Influence Transplant Candidacy - Reuters - Article via Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free). - July 10, 2018

blue ball

In UK, Steady Progress in Kidney Transplant Wait - News release from Kidney Research UK. - July 9, 2018

blue ball

Gender Differences in Medication Adherence among Adolescent and Young Adult Kidney Transplant Recipients - Online First abstract from Transplantation. - July 9, 2018

blue ball

Using Hepatitis C-Infected Donor Kidneys Could Reduce Time on Dialysis for Transplant Patients with HCV - Press release from the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center. Latest Article abstract, editorial excerpt, and full-text Summary for Patients from Annals of Internal Medicine. Article from HealthDay. - July 9, 2018

blue ball

Can We Get the Immune System to Tolerate Organ Transplants? - Press release from Boston's Children's Hospital. - July 9, 2018

blue ball

Accepted Articles Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation - July 9, 2018

blue ball

Denver Hospital Puts Transplant Program on Hold - Article from KKTV.com. - July 6, 2018

"The hospital is one of just three transplant programs in the state. They say they're short staffed and need time (to) recruit more employees."

blue ball

Comparison of Native and Transplant Kidney Biopsies: Diagnostic Yield and Complications - Free, Full-Text, Advance Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal. - July 6, 2018

blue ball

Online First Abstracts from Transplantation - July 4, 2018

blue ball

Donation after Brain Death Followed by Circulatory Death, a Novel Donation Pattern, Confers Comparable Renal Allograft Outcomes with Donation after Brain Death - Free, Open Access Article from BMC Nephrology- July 4, 2018

blue ball

Paying Cash to Family of Deceased for Organs Is a Terrible Idea, It Paves the Way to Monetizing Body Parts - Blog posting from The Times of India. - July 3, 2018

blue ball

Update of the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism - Tweet and 2018 statement (4-page pdf) from the Declaration of Istanbul web site. - July 2, 2018

blue ball

Causes of Renal Allograft Failure in the UK: Trends in UK Renal Registry and National Health Service Blood and Transplant Data from 2000 to 2013 - Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT. - July 2, 2018

blue ball

Limited Health Literacy and Adverse Outcomes Among Kidney Transplant Candidates - Accepted Article abstract from American Journal of Transplantation. - July 1, 2018

blue ball

Multiple Primary Malignancies in Renal Transplant Recipients: a Single Centre Retrospective Cohort Study - Free, Open Access, Issue-In-Progress Article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research. - June 2018

blue ball

Measurement Characteristics of the Knowledge Assessment of Renal Transplantation (KART) - Online First abstract from Transplantation. - June 29, 2018

blue ball

Congressional Action to Support Living Organ Donation in the Family and Medical Leave Act - Posting from the NKF Advocacy in Action blog. - June 28, 2018

blue ball

Histological Findings to Five Years after Early Conversion of Kidney Transplant Patients from Cyclosporine to Everolimus: an Analysis from the Randomized ZEUS Study - Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology. - June 28, 2018

blue ball

New Booklet Advises Parents of Pediatric Transplant Patients - Resource (35-page pdf) from UNOS Transplant Living. - 2018

blue ball

Every 10 Minutes, Another Person Is Added To The Organ Transplant Waiting List - 47-minute audio from Texas Public Radio. - June 27, 2018

blue ball

The Evolution of Donation after Circulatory Death Renal Transplantation: a Decade of Experience - Advance Articles Abstract from NDT. - June 27, 2018

blue ball

Accepted Articles Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation - June 27, 2018

blue ball

Why Spain Has More Organ Donors Than Any Other Country in the World - Article from Quartz. - June 27, 2018

blue ball

Promoting Medication Adherence Among Teen Kidney Transplant Recipients - Posting from the AJKD blog. - June 26, 2018

blue ball

Accepted Articles Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation - June 26, 2018

blue ball

Clinical Value of Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Pediatric Patients after Renal Transplantation - Free, Open Access article from Pediatric Nephrology. - June 25, 2018

blue ball

Bangladeshi Hospital Sealed after Doc Arrested for 'Stealing' Kidney - June 24, 2018

blue ball

How to Provide Better Incentives to Organ Donors - (Paywall or opening ad) Article from The Wall Street Journal. - June 24, 2018

blue ball

Accepted Articles Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation - June 23, 2018

blue ball

Obamacare May Have Boosted Kidney Transplant Outcomes - Article from HealthDay. - June 22, 2018

blue ball

Potential to Replace Race As a Risk Factor for Kidney-Transplant Failure - Press release from Children's National Health System. - June 20, 2018

blue ball

Can Older Adults Safely Donate Kidneys? - Press release and Early View abstract from Clinical Transplantation. - June 20, 2018

blue ball

Accepted Articles Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation - June 19, 2018

blue ball

Long– and Short–term Outcomes in Renal Allografts With Deceased Donors — A Large Recipient and Donor Genome-Wide Association Study - (Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from American Journal of Transplantation via Medscape Nephrology. - June 19, 2018

blue ball

OPTN/UNOS Board Adopts Principles of Geographic Organ Distribution - Press release from United Network for Organ Sharing. - June 12, 2018

blue ball

No Consensus on Physicians' Preferences on Vascular Access Management after Kidney Transplantation: Results of a Mult-inational Survey - Online First Abstract from The Journal of Vascular Access. - May 30, 2018

blue ball

Office Visit: Kidney Transplantation of a Dreamer - Free, Full-Text, Online First Article from Nephron. - April 19, 2018

blue ball Latest transplant news from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
blue ball Kidney Transplant news stories from Yahoo! News - Continually Updated!
 
Top of Page

  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
blue ball

new Booklet Advises Parents of Pediatric Transplant Patients - Resource (35-page pdf) from UNOS Transplant Living. - 2018

blue ball

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
blue ball

Evaluation of Kidney Donors: Core Curriculum 2018 - Free, Full-Text, Articles in Press from American Journal Of Kidney Disease - January 2018

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 2012
blue ball Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers: A Kidney Doctor's Search for the Perfect Match - A young, hopeful doctor's memoir (book) --an unforgettable love story and an informative journey into the world of medicine and kidney transplantation that ultimately asks: What does it mean to let go of something that you love, even if it is life itself?

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!
blue ball

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
blue ball

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 2016 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)
blue ball

UNOS Transplant Pro - website for transplant professionals

blue ball What Every Parent Needs to Know - booklet advises parents of pediatric transplant patients produced by the OPTN/UNOS Patient Affairs Committee
Who is Eligible for Medicare? from the The Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare Information
 
Top of Page

  ESSENTIALS AND CLASSICS

blue ball Evaluation of Kidney Donors: Core Curriculum 2018 from the American Journal of Kidney Disease
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.
 
Top of Page


  KDIGO™ -  Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes
blue ball

Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) web site

Top of Page

  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!
 
Top of Page

  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).

 
Top of Page

  NON-DIRECTED DONATION AND "SWAPS"

 
Top of Page

  STATISTICS

blue ball U.S. Facts About Kidney Transplantation from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) web site
blue ball OPTN / SRTR 2016 Annual Report: Transplant Data - Annual report from the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.
blue ball Transplant Statistics: Center-Specific Reports from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) web site
 
Top of Page

  UPCOMING EVENTS

blue ball Listing of North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO) Meetings
 
Top of Page

  TRANSPLANT CENTERS

blue ball US Transplant Centers - from the OPTN web site
blue ball Transplant Statistics: Center-Specific Reports from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) web site
 
Top of Page

  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.
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

Interspecies Organogenesis-Derived Tissues for Transplantation - free, full-text articles from Transplantation - July 2017

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
 
Top of Page

  DISCUSSION FORUM

blue ball General Nursing Discussion Forum - RenalWEB Discussion Forum
 
Top of Page

  INPUT / SUGGESTIONS

blue ball E-mail to RenalWEB on the Transplantation Topic
 
Top of Page

 

 

Except where noted, no information within the RenalWEB web site can be copied, duplicated, or reproduced in any form without the express written consent of RenalWEB.