July 20, 2010

Kidneys from Donors after Cardiac Death Provide Survival Benefit


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Kidneys obtained from donors after cardiac death (DCD) have been increasing over the last several years. DCD kidneys have a higher risk for delayed graft function compared to kidneys obtained from standard kidneys from brain-dead donors (DBD). In this analysis of transplantation in the Netherlands, patients receiving a DCD kidney had improved survival compared to patients who waited longer on the transplant waiting list and then received a  DBD kidney. This study supports the use of standard-criteria DCD kidneys.
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Renal Transplantation