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Kidney transplant chains boost benefit of nondirected donors
Renal & Urology News
Kidney transplant chains augment the benefit of nondirected donors, according to investigators. In a study, researchers found that altruistic nondirected donors (NDDs) triggered almost five transplants on average, and more if the NDD was blood type O. Dr. Marc L. Melcher, Ph.D., of Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and colleagues reviewed a large multicenter living donor-recipient database that contained information about donor-recipient pairs from 57 U.S. transplant centers.
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ASTS tools to help with reimbursement
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The ASTS Reimbursement Committee has released a Professional Coding Guide and Major Complicating Co-Morbidities (MCC) Worksheet. The coding guide will help make sure you are properly compensated and receive Relative Value Unit credit for all the work you do, while the MCC Worksheet serves as a handy reference for commonly seen diagnoses related to transplantation. ASTS committees are constantly working on tools to support the field of transplantation. If you have suggestions or comments, please email asts@asts.org.
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Have you paid your ASTS member dues?
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To register for the American Transplant Congress at member rates, you must pay your ASTS membership dues by April 1, 2013. You should have received an invoice at the end of last year; if you have questions, email asts@asts.org.
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Support science through the ASTS Foundation
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Did you know you can designate your ASTS Foundation contributions specifically for research grants? The ASTS Foundation strives to support research through grants to trainees, fellows, and faculty, but we need your help to continue transforming careers and supporting the discovery of new techniques and standards of care for transplant patients. Giving is simple: visit www.asts.org/astsfoundation to use our secure online system. (Please note that you do not need a PayPal account; you may use your credit card through the PayPal system.) Your contribution is fully tax deductible. Thank you for your continued support of ASTS and the Foundation!
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Donor kidney volume predicts graft survival
Renal & Urology News
Abdominal computed tomography (CT) images from the work-up of kidney donors can be useful in predicting whether their recipients' kidney function is likely to improve significantly after the transplant, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Health Systems in Ann Arbor. Data presented at the 13th Annual American Society of Transplant Surgeons' State of the Art Winter Symposium show that patients who receive kidneys from people with relatively large kidney volumes have higher estimated glomerular filtration rates (eGFRs) up to five years post-transplant than recipients of relatively small kidneys.
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Preoperative acute renal failure, renal replacement therapy increased liver transplant mortality risk
Healio
Liver transplant recipients with preoperative acute renal failure who received renal replacement therapy were at greater risk for death than patients with preoperative acute-on-chronic renal failure in a recent study. In a post-hoc analysis, researchers evaluated mortality rates in a cohort of 135 patients aged older than 16 years who underwent liver transplantation at a medical facility between January 2003 and December 2008.
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Acute kidney injury common, reduces survival among liver transplant recipients
Healio
Acute kidney injury occurs frequently and significantly impacts survival rates among liver transplant recipients, particularly with delayed initiation of renal replacement therapy, according to recent results. Researchers evaluated 315 patients (mean age 51 years) who underwent liver transplantation (LT) between January 2002 and November 2006 at a medical facility in Brazil. Incidence of acute kidney injury (AKI), renal replacement therapy (RRT) and mortality were observed.
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Importance of the temporary portocaval shunt during adult living donor liver transplantation
Liver Transplantation (subscription required)
Adult living donor liver transplantation (aLDLT) is associated with surgical risks for the donor and with the possibility of small-for-size syndrome (SFSS) for the recipient, with both events being of great importance. An excessively small liver graft entails a relative increase in the portal blood flow during reperfusion, and this factor predisposes the recipient to an increased risk of SFSS in the postoperative period, although other causes related to recipient, graft and technical factors have also been reported.
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Company seeks cure for pulmonary arterial hypertension
The Herald-Sun
In a new lab building constructed on the site of the iconic Elion-Hitchings Building in the Research Triangle Park, United Therapeutics scientists want to search for a cure to hypertension. In an annual report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company described its plans for a research facility to work on engineered lungs and lung tissues that could be transplanted into patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension or other lung diseases.
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New perspectives in transplantation through intravital microscopy imaging
Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation (subscription required)
Rejection of transplanted organs is a complex and highly dynamic immune process. Two-photon laser-scanning intravital microscopy (LSIM) allows for real-time, deep tissue, high-resolution imaging in physiological conditions. The recent application of this technology to study organ rejection started to provide a clearer picture of the spatiotemporal immunological dynamics of organ rejection.
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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC study shows increase in liver transplantation for hepatoblastoma
Medical News Today
Liver transplantation for hepatoblastoma, the most common liver malignancy in children, is on the rise because more tumors are being detected earlier, improving outcomes for these sick patients, according to a Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC study.
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New Jersey lawmakers: Don't kick medical marijuana users off organ transplant lists
ThinkProgress
Medical marijuana's hazy legal status is a well-known flash point for tension between state and federal law. While those discrepancies tend to manifest themselves in the form of raids on suppliers and dispensaries, the conflict over medical marijuana laws doesn't just affect business owners — it can also take a toll on Americans who use the drug for painful, chronic medical conditions such as cancer.
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