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Living donor size affects kidney transplant outcomes
Renal & Urology News
Small donor size has an adverse impact on allograft function following living kidney donor transplantation, researchers reported at the 2013 American Transplant Congress.
Dr. Hasan Khamash and colleagues at Mayo Clinic Arizona in Phoenix retrospectively studied 579 pairs of living kidney donors and recipients who had their estimated glomerular filtration rate ascertained at one year posttransplant.
Welcome to new ASTS officer, councilors, and committee chairs and members!
Each year, the adjournment of ATC marks the beginning of new terms for ASTS officers, councilors, and committee chairs and members. The President-Elect and Councilor election results were announced at the ASTS Business Meeting on May 21. Peter G. Stock, MD, PhD, is the new President-Elect, while the three new Councilors are Douglas G. Farmer, MD; James F. Markmann, MD, PhD; and Mark D. Stegall, MD.
2013 ASTS Transplant Surgeon Compensation Survey available
The 2013 ASTS Transplant Surgeon Compensation Survey Report is now available for purchase in the ASTS store (please log in for member pricing). Individuals can use it to easily compare their salary and benefits with their peers, while institutions can use the data to benchmark compensation. A staff level and a leadership level version of the results are available.
Looking for your next career move or a new hire?
Look no further than the ASTS Career Center at careercenter.ASTS.org. The Center enables employers to post, manage, and update their job listings and company profile anytime day or night, with online payment for faster service. It also allows job seekers to apply for posted jobs or upload their resumes for employers to view.
Trial: Tacrolimus plus mycophenolate mofetil vs. cyclosporine plus everolimus in deceased donor kidney transplant recipients
In a recent clinical trial, researchers compared in kidney transplantation two immunosuppressive regimens: Tacrolimus plus mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) (TAC) and everolimus plus low-dose cyclosporine (EVE). Sixty consecutive patients received TAC (30 patients) or EVE (30 patients) as immunosuppressive regimen; all subjects also received induction with basiliximab and corticosteroids. After three-year follow-up, no difference was found in patient and graft survival.
Discarded human kidneys as a source of ECM scaffold for kidney regeneration technologies
In the United States, more than 2600 kidneys are discarded annually, from the total number of kidneys procured for transplant. It has been hypothesized that this organ pool may be used as a platform for renal bioengineering and regeneration research. The purpose of the current study was to test if the same strategy can be applied to discarded human kidneys in order to obtain human renal ECM scaffolds. The results show that the sodium dodecylsulfate-based decellularization protocol completely cleared the cellular compartment in these kidneys, while the innate ECM framework retained its architecture and biochemical properties.
Review of US lung transplant policy unlikely to save girl's life
U.S. officials will review the nation's lung transplant policy for children, but any change could take up to two years, not enough time to save the life of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who's already been waiting 18 months for new lungs.
Immunosuppression after liver transplantation for primary sclerosing cholangitis influences activity of inflammatory bowel disease
Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (login required)
Previous studies have shown conflicting results regarding the course of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) after liver transplantation in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). Researchers studied the progression of IBD in patients with PSC who have undergone liver transplantation. They also studied risk factors, including medical therapy, that could influence on IBD disease activity.
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Long-term follow-up of endoscopic therapy for stenosis of the biliobiliary anastomosis associated with orthotopic liver transplantation
Liver Transplantation (login requied)
Endoscopic treatment for stenosis of an anastomotic biliary stricture (ABS) after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) has been proven to be effective and safe, but the long-term outcomes and the risk factors for recurrence are unknown. All 374 patients who underwent OLT at Frankfurt University Hospital were screened for the occurrence of ABSs.
Lou Reed recovering after liver transplant
Lou Reed, the U.S. songwriter, poet and vocalist with the Velvet Underground, had a liver transplant recently, according to his wife, the musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson.
"It's as serious as it gets. He was dying. You don't get it for fun," said Anderson, who added that her husband was now on the road to recovery following the life-saving surgery.
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