August 20, 2010

Kidneys from Donors after Cardiac Death Provide Survival Benefit

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Donation after cardiac death (DCD) has become an important new source of deceased donor kidneys, but is associated with a higher risk of delayed graft function, itself a risk factor for acute rejection, graft loss and death. In this cohort study, recipients of a DCD kidney had improved survival compared to patients who remained on dialysis and waited longer to receive a kidney from a neurologically-deceased donor. This study confirms that DCD kidneys provide good outcomes to patients.

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