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December 20, 1976

Renal Transplantation in a Community Hospital

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Nephrology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and the Department of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, School of Medicine (Drs Sellers, Franklin, and Gordon), and the Department of Medicine, University of Southern California School of Medicine (Drs Llach and Fichman), Los Angeles.

JAMA. 1976;236(25):2866-2869. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270260022020

Eighty renal transplantations were performed at an urban community hospital over a ten-year period. Forty-two transplants were from living related donors and 38 from cadaver donors. The one-year rejection rate for cadaveric transplants was 35% and for transplants between parents and children, 31%, whereas only one of 21 (5%) transplants between siblings was rejected during the first year. These results compare favorably with those reported by others and appear to justify performance of kidney transplantation in the community hospital setting where large numbers of transplant surgeons and nephrologists are involved, and where the number of transplants never has exceeded 15 per year.

(JAMA 236:2866-2869, 1976)