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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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Free, Full-Text Articles from Transplantation - September 2017

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Early View Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation - September 2017

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Quiz: Acute Allograft Failure Nearly a Decade Posttransplantation - Free, Full-Text Article from American Journal of Kidney Diseases. - September 2017

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Meta-Analysis of Cognitive Functioning in Patients Following Kidney Transplantation - Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT. - September 7, 2017

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Living Donor Follow-Up: Unfunded Mandates and the Hippocratic Oath Where Perfect May Be the Enemy of Good? - Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation. - September 7, 2017

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Urinary Markers May Indicate Prognosis after Kidney Transplantation - September 7, 2017

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Ischemic Conditioning in Solid Organ Transplantation: Is It Worth Giving Your Right Arm for? - Published Ahead-of-Print Abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension. - September 5, 2017

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Ten-Year Outcomes in a Randomized Phase II Study of Kidney Transplant Recipients Administered Belatacept 4-Weekly or 8-Weekly - Free, full-text, Early View brief communication from American Journal of Transplantation. - September 5, 2017

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Hundreds 'Dying Unnecessarily' Each Year Because Families Don't Approve Organ Donation - Articles from The Huffington Post (UK) and the BBC. - September 4, 2017

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Free, Full-Text, Early View Letters to the Editor from American Journal of Transplantation - September 1, 2017

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A French Cohort Study of Kidney Retransplantation after Post-Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorders - CJASN Express Abstract. - August 2017

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Are Kidney Transplant Centers Financially Viable Anymore? - Article from ASN's Kidney News Online. - August 2017

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Causes and Management of Postrenal Transplant Diarrhea: an Underappreciated Cause of Transplant Associated Morbidity. - Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension. - August 31, 2017

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Pre-Kidney Transplant Lower Extremity Impairment and Post-Kidney Transplant Mortality - Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation. - August 30, 2017

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Fetal Membranes May Help Transform Regenerative Medicine - August 30, 2017

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Should We Pay Organ Donor Heroes? - (Registration required, but free.) Commentary from Medscape Nephrology. - August 28, 2017

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Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Transplantation - August 28, 2017

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Clinical Value of Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Pediatric Patients after Renal Transplantation - Free, Open Access, First Online educational review from Pediatric Nephrology. - August 25, 2017

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Pregnancy and the Kidney Transplant Recipient - Published Ahead-of-Print Abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension. - August 24, 2017

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Social Media and Organ Donation: Ethically Navigating the Next Frontier - Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation. - August 24, 2017

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Effect of Human Leukocyte Antigen Mismatching on the Outcomes of Pediatric Kidney Transplantation: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis - Advance Article Abstract from NDT. - August 23, 2017

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Pre-Transplant Histology Does Not Improve Prediction of 5-Year Kidney Allograft Outcomes above and beyond Clinical Parameters - Free, full-text, Open Access article from Renal Failure. - August 23, 2017

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Breakthroughs in Antibody Desensitization Therapy - KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network. - August 21, 2017

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Let's Use Pigs as Organ "Donors" - Essay from First Things. - August 18, 2017

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Near-Adult Height in Male Kidney Transplant Recipients Started on Growth Hormone Treatment in Late Puberty - First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology. - August 18, 2017

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What's the Best Strategy to Increase Living Kidney Donation? - Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology. - August 17, 2017

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Telemedicine Saves Time, Money in Kidney-transplant Waitlist Evaluations - Reuters - Article from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free). - August 17, 2017

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Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Transplantation and Oxidative Stress: a New Look to Successful Kidney Transplantation - Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal. - August 16, 2017

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Kidneys From Octogenarian Donors Show Similar Survival - Article from Renal & Urology News. - August 16, 2017

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New 3D Printing Method to Create Complex, Multi-Cellular Tissues - August 16, 2017

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Antifreeze to Improve Airplanes, Ice Cream and Organ Transplants - August 16, 2017

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PCORI Board Approves $115 Million to Support 20 New Patient Centered Comparative Clinical Effectiveness Research Studies - Press release from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. This kidney transplant project was approved. - August 15, 2017

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Early Conversion From Calcineurin Inhibitor- to Everolimus-Based Therapy Following Kidney Transplantation — Results of the Randomized ELEVATE Trial (American Journal of Transplantation) - Article from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free). - August 15, 2017

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Hepatitis C and Kidney Transplantation: Past, Present, and Future - Posting from the AJKD blog. - August 14, 2017

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Early View/Accepted Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation - August 14, 2017

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Factors Associated with Cardiovascular Target Organ Damage in Children after Renal Transplantation - First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology. - August 13, 2017

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Patient with a Total Artificial Heart Maintained on Outpatient Dialysis While Listed for Combined Organ Transplant, a Single Center Experience - Early View Abstract from Hemodialysis International. - August 11, 2017

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Cloud-based Image Platform Aids Kidney Transplant Process - Article from Health Data Management. - August 11, 2017

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Yale New Haven Hospital Announces 18-Patient, Paired Kidney Transplant Exchange - July 27, 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
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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
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!
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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

blue ball Listing of North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO) Meetings
 
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  TRANSPLANT CENTERS

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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.
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
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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
 
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  DISCUSSION FORUM

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  INPUT / SUGGESTIONS

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