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Trends in kidney transplant outcomes in older adults

from Medscape

In 2011, there were more than 230,000 older adults (aged ≥65) with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), a substantial rise from approximately 50,000 in 1990. The incidence of ESRD is highest in older adults, and individuals with ESRD are living longer, further increasing the prevalence of ESRD in older adults disproportionately to the incidence, but few older adults undergo kidney transplantation (KT) relative to the burden of ESRD in this population. It has previously been identified that 76 percent of older adults with ESRD estimated to be excellent candidates for KT (in the highest quintile of KT outcomes, with predicted 3-year post-KT survival exceeding 87 percent) lack access to transplantation. more

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