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Diabetes hikes infection-related death risk posttransplant

from Renal & Urology News

Diabetes mellitus is an independent risk factor for infection-related death after kidney transplantation, data presented at the American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Week 2013 meeting show. Manvir Kaur Hayer, MBChB, and collaborators at the Renal Institute of Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, U.K., analyzed data from 19,103 kidney transplant recipients, of whom 2,968 had diabetes mellitus at the time of transplantation. Following transplantation, 2,085 patients died; 433 of the deaths were due to infection. The risk for death from any cause after transplantation was significantly higher for diabetics than non-diabetics, as was the risk for infection-related death. more

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