June 14, 2011

Associations of Pretransplant Serum Albumin with Post-Transplant Outcomes in Kidney Transplant Recipients

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A low serum albumin level is a well-known predictor of morbidity and mortality among patients with chronic kidney disease. This study from a large US national dialysis chain followed patients who subsequently underwent transplant. A lower pre-transplant albumin level was associated with a higher risk of death, graft failure and also delayed graft function. Whether measures to improve nutritional status pre-transplant would improve post-transplant outcomes will require a randomized controlled trial.

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