UCLA Kidney Transplant Program leads the nation in numbers — and vision

All kidneys are pink. The human beings in which they ’re housed can have various skin colors, attend various places of worship, have various political affiliations and live in various parts of the country. But their kidneys? They are all, quite simply, pink.No one knows this better than transplant professionals, including kidney transplant doctors, who have transformed the field of organ donation over the past few decades — not to mention the nation’s acceptance of it. In 2017, physicians in the United States performed almost 20,000 kidney transplants, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.UCLA Health kidney transplant doctors and the system of organ allocation in the nation are both colorblind — and with good reason. They know the number of people waiting for a lifesaving transplant, and they understand the importance of equity and diversity in organ allocation. In fact, the UCLA Kidney Transplant Program performed a staggering 363 kidney transplants in 2017, more than any other U.S. transplant center, according to the data.“Without a doubt, we have one of the most active kidney programs in the nation,” said Dr. H. Albin Gritsch, surgical director of kidney transplantation and a clinical professor of urology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “Even more important, we continue to make innovations to improve the chances for a successful kidney transplant. We’re ne...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

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The global nephrology community recognizes the need for a cohesive strategy to address the growing problem of end-stage kidney disease (ESKD). In March 2018, the International Society of Nephrology hosted a summit on integrated ESKD care, including 92 individuals from around the globe with diverse expertise and professional backgrounds. The attendees were from 41 countries, including 16 participants from 11 low- and lower-middle –income countries. The purpose was to develop a strategic plan to improve worldwide access to integrated ESKD care, by identifying and prioritizing key activities across 8 themes: (i) estimat...
Source: Kidney International - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Tags: ISN Public Affairs Source Type: research
Conclusion: Clinical presentations of UN are broad and non-specific; nonetheless, it is important to detect early changes in order to avoid its progression. The earlier UN is diagnosed and treated, the more successful are the clinical outcomes.RESUMO INTRODU ÇÃO: A neuropatia periférica (NU) é um distúrbio que afeta o corpo celular, o axônio ou a mielina do motor ou neurônios sensoriais periféricos e ocorre em 60%-100% dos pacientes que são submetidos à diálise por doença renal crônica. A neuropatia urêmica é atribuí...
Source: Revista da Associacao Medica Brasileira - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Conclusion: Clinical presentations of UN are broad and non-specific; nonetheless, it is important to detect early changes in order to avoid its progression. The earlier UN is diagnosed and treated, the more successful are the clinical outcomes.RESUMO INTRODU ÇÃO: A neuropatia periférica (NU) é um distúrbio que afeta o corpo celular, o axônio ou a mielina do motor ou neurônios sensoriais periféricos e ocorre em 60%-100% dos pacientes que são submetidos à diálise por doença renal crônica. A neuropatia urêmica é atribuí...
Source: Revista da Associacao Medica Brasileira - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Conclusion: Clinical presentations of UN are broad and non-specific; nonetheless, it is important to detect early changes in order to avoid its progression. The earlier UN is diagnosed and treated, the more successful are the clinical outcomes.RESUMO INTRODU ÇÃO: A neuropatia periférica (NU) é um distúrbio que afeta o corpo celular, o axônio ou a mielina do motor ou neurônios sensoriais periféricos e ocorre em 60%-100% dos pacientes que são submetidos à diálise por doença renal crônica. A neuropatia urêmica é atribuí...
Source: Revista da Associacao Medica Brasileira - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Conclusion: Clinical presentations of UN are broad and non-specific; nonetheless, it is important to detect early changes in order to avoid its progression. The earlier UN is diagnosed and treated, the more successful are the clinical outcomes.RESUMO INTRODU ÇÃO: A neuropatia periférica (NU) é um distúrbio que afeta o corpo celular, o axônio ou a mielina do motor ou neurônios sensoriais periféricos e ocorre em 60%-100% dos pacientes que são submetidos à diálise por doença renal crônica. A neuropatia urêmica é atribuí...
Source: Revista da Associacao Medica Brasileira - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Dialysis prior to kidney transplantation may have a detrimental effect on post-transplant Outcomes. However, prior studies have not fully characterized the nature of this relationship and may have been subject to residual confounding. Here we investigated the association between pre-transplant dialysis duration and two post-transplant outcomes: all-cause death and death with functioning graft. This was a retrospective, population-based, cohort study in all deceased donor kidney transplants performed in Ontario, Canada, from April 1, 2002 to March 31, 2013.
Source: Kidney International - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Tags: Clinical Investigation Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 15 March 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Alan S. Chou, Andreas Habertheuer, Amanda L. Chin, Ibrahim Sultan, Prashanth VallabhajosyulaAbstractBackgroundPrior single-center studies suggest kidney and liver allografts are immunoprotective toward transplanted hearts. The broader effects of simultaneous transplantation of kidney or liver on protection from rejection are unclear.MethodsThe United Network for Organ Sharing database for heart transplantation was queried from 1987 to 2015 and stratified into patients undergoing heart-liver (HLT; n=192), heart-kidney (HKT; n=11...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
ConclusionsKidney function, infection, survival, and growth were the highest priorities for patients with CKD and their caregivers. Young people with CKD also prioritized highly the outcomes that directly affected their lifestyle and sense of normality, while caregiver’s highest priorities concerned the long-term health of their child, current health problems, and the financial and family burdens of caring for a child with CKD.
Source: American Journal of Kidney Diseases - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
In the setting of Cardiogenic Shock (CS), impaired biventricular function can lead to an acute decrease in renal function via reduced renal perfusion and increased renal venous pressure. In a nationally representative sample, we sought to analyze the characteristics and outcomes of patients hospitalized with CS requiring renal replacement therapy (hemodialysis) for acute kidney injury (AKI-HD).
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: 132 Source Type: research
To analyze post-heart transplantation (HTx) outcomes in selected patients on ECMO support. Our local strategy is to transplant ECMO-patients without mechanical ventilation or kidney failure (creatinine clearance ≤ 30 mL/min or dialysis). In addition, specific pre-transplant (intra-aortic balloon pump, reperfusion canula) and post-transplant strategies (maintaining ECMO after HTx) were applied.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: 251 Source Type: research
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