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Medical News & Perspectives
March 11, 2009

Advances Help Optimize Kidney Transplants

JAMA. 2009;301(10):1009-1010. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.292

More than 5 decades after the first successful kidney transplant, researchers continue to fine-tune the process, finding better ways to extend the survival of the transplanted organ and increase the likelihood of a compatible graft, as well as illuminate factors that affect who is offered the procedure.

Different groups of researchers recently have found a potentially easier method of predicting polyomavirus nephropathy in kidney recipients, which can result in chronic allograft failure or loss if it is not treated at an early stage. Other investigators created a set of nomograms to give physicians a fairly easy tool to weigh a multitude of factors to optimize a match between living donors and kidney recipients.